Today, for the first time since September, I wore shorts outside. For a normal person this wouldn't be such a big occasion, but for me it is huge. I'm a bit self-conscious about how pale I've become recently. No matter what I do, I'm always terribly anemic and super white. I take gross amounts of iron and vitamin C, I regularly eat spinach salads, I've done everything short of sucking on rusty nails; still the level is really low. I've had blood work done and I don't have leukemia, which is nice, yet troubling since my doctor was thinking in that direction. I've even started using a moisturizer with a built-in self tanner.
Today my mom saw me and we had the following conversation:
MOM: Wow Jen, you are really white!
ME: Yes, I already know that, thanks.
MOM: No, I mean really white. You know, when you turn over a rock and see those big white things in the dirt?
ME: You mean grubs?
MOM: Yeah, you look like one of those.
So, here I am. Grub girl.