Saving Face (Part Four)

Now mind you, I hadn’t thought of that in years.  (As the picture record can show you, it’s been . . . let’s just say “some time” since I’ve bothered to hide my ears with my hair.)  It took someone cooing over your “perfect little ears” to trigger the memory.

Memory can be a funny thing. 

It’s been a long (long, long, long, long) time, but that also reminded me of being “cute” as a child . . . and how much I loathed and resented it.  My mantra for literally years was “I am not cute!  I am not adorable!” and I felt an indescribable sense of relief the day it stopped being an issue.  

But it might work out better for you, son.

A lot of that is up to you to decide, of course, because while I made the right choice for me, I did too quickly dismiss the advantages of being cute.  Cute people tend to be treated better, and while being cute (particularly a cute boy) can also lead one into some difficulties, a genial disposition (as well as another trait which we’ll discuss later) will generally see you through.  The disposition I think you’ve got down already, and if you like, we can work on the other trait after our discussion.

Whatever you decide and however it works out, I’ve got your back.

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