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Jealousy in Unexpected Places

I’m really not a jealous person. I am happy for those who are fortunate in life.  If I see a lady who has a beautiful family that loves her, I am happy for her.   When a guy pull up in a fully restored ’57 Chevy convertible, complete w/ vanity license plates reading “AHH YEAH”, I’m happy for him. I have met two people in my life who have won large lottery jackpots, and I was very happy for them. Even when I see a drop-dead gorgeous exotic looking young woman wearing Chanel and four and a half inch Jimmy Choos, I am delighted for her.  Seriously, I’m just not an envious person by nature.

Yesterday, my tire blew out. While I was waiting for my husband, I went into a local pub.  A nice girl, Jenna, started a conversation with me. She was missing all four of her front teeth!   We somehow started talking about dieting, and she told me that it is impossible for her to gain weight. She mentioned she weighed 102 lbs. and that she would love to gain at least 5 pounds but just couldn’t. She complained about how her metabolism was just “too high.” I’m sitting there with that old country song playing in my head...“A metabolism too high…What’s that mean? It’s like too much money, no such thing.” 

Ironically, it happened to be karaoke evening.   Once the festivities started, I clinged to the hope that my DVR was working and recording American Idol so I could watch it when I got home. “Big Matt” was up first singing George Straits. He was actually good. We all clapped. Next, it was Jenna.

I watched Jenna sing. In a world where if most of us had the misfortune to lose even one of our teeth, we would not leave the house unless it was to be fitted with our Davinci Veneers, this gal was poised and confident. She sang beautifully.

I found myself actually envious of this young woman. Not, however, for the reason you think. I found myself envious of her confidence.  Despite her appearance, she sang with passion, poise and enthusiasm. Even missing all four of those front teeth, she could get up in front of that crowd and dazzle us all with her nice voice and pleasant demeanor.

As my husband came to my rescue, I left smiling. 
I left smiling knowing that there are people like Jenna in this world. 
I left smiling knowing that I do give people the benefit of the doubt. 
I left smiling knowing that I do always look for the best others. 
I left smiling knowing it is possible for me to be jealous of a young woman who is missing her front teeth.

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  1. Date: 1/9/2012 10:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your great write. Best regards, Jon

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 9:25:00 PM
    this is one I faved back in AUG. Congrats again, sweetie!!

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on you win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Natalie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 12:39:00 AM
    you amped my energy, nat.. sweet congrats on the fine win! woohoo..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 10:50:00 PM
    I left smiling after reading this narrative. Congratulations Natalie

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 9:16:00 PM
    Congrats. Natalie on your wonderful write, and you can come over and do karaoke in my living room anytime, I got one for Christmas and I am enjoying it immensely. Love,vie

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 8:16:00 PM

  1. Date: 8/28/2011 1:31:00 AM
    Natalie I remember this one from reading it before and how I really liked it. I think it deserved even higher placement. One of my faves in the contest and congrats on the winners' list. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/27/2011 8:39:00 PM
    a great narrative. very uplifting and inspiring! congratulations on your win :)

  1. Date: 8/26/2011 3:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in my contest and for your ever support of me and my prose~~

  1. Date: 8/26/2011 12:11:00 AM
    wow wow wow, this is SO good. What was the FOL contest anyway?? Here is a belated congrats for whatever it was. And this should have been at the top of the list!!! (loved the line about blonde and good shoes and girl complaining of high metabolism. I'd KILL for that)

  1. Date: 8/26/2011 12:11:00 AM
    BTW, a FAVE

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 5:04:00 PM
    Many congrats to you, Natalie : )

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 2:56:00 PM
    Well done. I enjoyed your entry. Tony

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 2:47:00 PM
    What a very nice person you must be. Great poem. Congratulations. I give it top honors for content. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 2:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved placement in Constance's "A Fragment of Life" contest Natalie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Congrats on your great win..Sara

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 11:11:00 AM
    Congrats Natalie on your exciting win with this tremendous write for the contest.. enjoy with luv...

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 9:58:00 AM
    hey Natalie,congrat on your win,great poem David

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:42:00 AM
    Soup mail in a moment