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Ugly duckling turns into beautiful swan

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Updated: April 18, 2013 6:13AM



Dr. Wallace: I’m 14 and consider myself to be an ugly duckling. I’m not too bad looking, but I’m very skinny and my shape is flat as a board. I’ve always loved the story of the ugly ducking that eventually turned into a beautiful swan. Then I read about actress Julia Roberts, who claimed she was one in high school. She said she was such an ugly duckling that she didn’t even get invited to her high school prom. Do you know if this is true? I hope so, because it gives me hope.

Nameless, Naples, Fla.

Nameless: Yes, Julia Roberts, who is obviously a beautiful (and highly successful) swan these days, has described herself as being an ugly duckling during her younger years — somebody who just never fit in.

And she’s not the only one. Stories of such transformations are plentiful. Please read the following letter:

Dr. Wallace: When I was a young teen, I was the original ugly duckling. I wore thick glasses, had mousy brown, scraggly hair, and was 100 percent flat chested. Since my parents had limited funds, I wore a lot of clothes from stores operated by Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army. I was the typical “Second-hand Rose.” I had few friends, and at school I was taunted and teased by my classmates. That was many years ago.

Last year, I attended my 10-year class reunion and nobody recognized me. Why? Because they were expecting an older version of the Ugly Duckling dressed like Second-Hand Rose. Instead, this beautiful woman with a terrific shape wearing stylish clothes showed up. When I told my former classmates who I was, they were shocked.

I can’t tell you the number of guys who had been “big men on campus” who came up and talked with me while their wives gave me an icy stare. I loved every minute they stared. Some of them were with the “in” crowd — cheerleaders, student leaders and even the editor of the school paper. Several single guys even asked me for my telephone number and were disappointed when I told them I was soon to be married.

That evening was one of the most enjoyable of my life. So for all you young girls who might consider yourselves ugly ducklings, don’t fret. Slowly but surely, you will become beautiful swans. Mother Nature makes sure of that, so never stop believing in yourselves and keep the faith.

I truly realize that it’s painful waiting for this transformation, but while you wait, study hard and tell yourself every day that you’re beautiful on the inside and soon will be beautiful on the outside. My mother always reminded me, “Good things happen to those who wait.” I’m proof that she was right.

Nameless, Dallas, Tex.

Write to Dr. Wallace
at rwallace@galesburg.net



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