by Erica Merritt, age 8
Being fat is an uncomfortable way
To live your life, day by day
You’re always insecure, about the way you look
You always feel like someone, took……. one too many glances at your body
Your clothes feel tighter, week after week
The scale number gets higher, below your feet
The diet’s get stricter, month after month
The food gets more tempting, mostly the junk
Until finally you’re at, right where you’ve started
Only this time you’ve gained more pounds to be charted
And, so I guess, that is that,
You see it’s all a part of being fat!!
By age 8, I realized that I was very different from those around me. I knew that my body was not what I wished it to be. Self-doubt and insecurity were a part of my reality. Then, I found healing and confidence through music. When I sang, one size truly fit all. I felt triumphant in my ability to transform words into lyrics, lyrics into songs. Music was my ticket to wonderland.
I could write and sing about my heart’s desire. When I sang, I didn’t mind when people stared at me. I was proud of what my body could do! I was “music to my own ears” as well as theirs. I took pride in knowing that I possessed a gift that was special and unique. It was a welcomed distraction to life’s hardships. Singing empowered me to define, and validate, my sense of self-worth. This is why I teach! I want to give a gift that keeps on giving, empowering youth to practice self-validation. In a world where image can often supersede one’s authentic self, the Gift Of Song can fill in the blanks.
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— ERICA MERRITT, Teaching Artist