To the man who yelled “fat ass” out his window

Fat ass

No way!?

Thank you. I’m sure you were just trying to be helpful. Your words were truly enlightening. I had no idea prior to your comments that I do, in fact, have a fat ass. Even has I pulled my size 24 pants on this morning, I just completely missed the fact that my ass is fat. So, thank you.

And although you didn’t have time to elaborate as you drove past, I’m sure you were really just trying to point out my obesity in order to remind me of health risks, such as diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Of course, those are all things I would never have thought to discuss with my doctor (whose office I had actually just left) if you didn’t take the time out of your busy day to call me a fat ass.

You’re not the first, ya know. I’ve heard various forms of “fat ass” throughout my life. All that fat must clog my brain and make me stupid because I obviously need constant reminding. So, of course, you won’t be the last either.

I’m sure you’re an expert on all that is me. You learned all you needed to in those few seconds. I’m sure you know how lazy I am and that all I do is sit on the couch, watch TV, and eat Twinkies. It must have just been a rare occasion for me to peel my bulbous behind off the sofa. Just looking at me, it’s obvious that I’m undisciplined, unmotivated, and of course, sedentary.

But, you know, just in case you have a few things wrong, or you’re even remotely interested, here are some real things about me . . . . good and bad:

~I have a 9-year-old daughter who is my world.
~I watched my mom die when I was 16.
~I battle anxiety and depression every day.
~I’m a sci-fi/fantasy geek . . . and am particularly obsessed with Doctor Who and all things Joss Whedon.
~I wasn’t always fat, but I’ve always thought I was.
~I work with kids with special behavioral needs. It can be incredibly stressful but also incredibly rewarding. I love what I do.
~I started working as a freelance writer/editor four years ago. It was something I had wanted to do since adolescence but never thought I’d be able to pull it off.
~I’m a (mostly) recovering self-injurer and I’m working on a book to help myself and others realize they’re not alone and self-injury does not just affect teenage girls.
~I want to learn how to sew just so I can learn how to make better costumes for comic cons, renaissance faires, and Halloween.
~I’m an adult child of an alcoholic.
~I have an obsession with books.
~Even at 300+ lbs., I can still walk a 15-minute mile.
~I’m an emotional eater. I’ve always had difficulty loving myself and I learned a long time ago that food is a comfort when I can’t find it elsewhere. I’m fighting to break free from that.
~I’ve always wanted to travel, but I’ve never made it out of the United States (and I haven’t even traveled much within the country).

This is just a small sample of the things you can’t possibly know about me just by looking at me, but, of course, my fat ass trumps them all.


4 responses to this post.

  1. It said a lot more about the enlightened jerk than it did about you. If karma really worked, you’d miraculously start losing weight in the next couple of hours and he would inexplicably start putting on the pounds. Alas, it doesn’t work that way, does it? I can keep dreaming, though.
    I’m so glad you made this list though – though as you said it’s just a brief summation. There is so much more to you. I am so sorry, though. I know that no matter how old and mature we get, words really can and do hurt.


    • That would be fabulous if it worked that way!

      Sometimes the words do hurt . . . . sometimes they just make me sad for the people who say them. This fell into the latter category. It would be nice if we could see people as entire entities instead of just bits and pieces, wouldn’t it?

      P.S. I apologize for taking nearly 3 months to respond!


  2. Posted by Kimberly Brooks on May 18, 2014 at 1:35 am

    You should have told him to kiss you a–, no, but really, I’m proud to know that you are able to stand up 4 yourself. Nothing said or done outside of you depletes you. Jesus was the product of a young mother with no earthly father, he didn’t even have a crib to lay his head. He was rejected by his own Jewish culture, and his road dog(Peter) denied him and bailed out on him. Despite this, he finished the course and stayed focused on his mission here on earth. Be that proud parent and finish that book.


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