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Close ups: Class Snobs

A True Story by Elky Pascal

Snob: One who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior; one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I was sure that if they wanted an illustration of this word, they could have stuck in a photo of Esty Rose. She sure fit the description!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

locker“Avoid or ignores those regarded as inferiors.” You bet! And, might I mention, that “her inferiors” consisted of just about our entire grade! Somehow it felt like Esty was “better” than the rest of us, and that no one was “good enough” to associate with her.

As for the other part of the definition, she sure gave off an offensive air of superiority. I remember one of the first days of tenth grade. I had woken up late that morning and rushed to school. I flew in just seconds before the bell, and let me tell you, I didn’t exactly look my best. My hair wasn’t yet made (I had stuffed it into a messy bun), my shirt was half tucked in, and half out, and just my luck, the tights I had grabbed out of my drawer that morning had a big run.

So there I was hustling to my seat, when who did I have the “good luck” of encountering? Esty Rose! And just in case I wasn’t self-conscious enough, she chose that moment to look me up and down, yes, from my messy hair to the run in my tights.

Deep down I knew that it didn’t matter. Who cares what Esty Rose thinks of me? I tried to convince myself. But who am I kidding, I realized. I care what she thinks of me! I care very much! Why did I care? I am not exactly sure, but I did.

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