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Who came up with hazel as an eye color anyway?

12 Jan
   Assignment #2: Describe yourself. How do you see you? How do you think others see you?

There’s nothing special that sticks out—I’m not particularly tall or short, I don’t have red hair or high cheekbones or dimples—anything interesting. I’m kind of skinny with straight, boring brown hair that goes just past my shoulders. My skin is a medium brown I guess, darker than all-white kids, but not as dark as most Latino kids. My eyes are supposedly “hazel,” but I’ve never understood that as an eye color. There are 64 different crayon colors, and not one of them is hazel. It’s sort of a combination of green and brown, but mostly just looks like a muddy field. I think whoever decided on hazel just couldn’t find anything that color. Or maybe “muddy field” didn’t sound so good.

 When I was little I wanted to be beautiful and elegant and kind of mysterious—like my mom. I remember sucking in my cheeks while I practiced staring off into the distance to look exotic and serious. But when I look in the mirror, I see a scrawny, awkward girl who looks ordinary on good days and invisible on bad ones.

Personality-wise, I would say I’m quiet, and pretty much a go-with-the-flow kind of kid. I guess I’m smart—I taught myself to read when I was four, and I’ve always gotten good grades. People tell me I’m mature for my age, whatever that means.… I don’t need much. Give me a good book and a comfy spot to read, and I’m happy.

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