Lizzie got her big slap of reality on her first day of kindergarten and in a way, it was her parents’ fault. As mentioned, Lizzie was raised to live very normally. So normally, in fact, that she had no clue that she was different from any other kid – in her looks or in her health. She couldn’t expect what would be the reactions of other kids as she walks to school, and she came their in the first day, so happy to meet new friends until reality took her bite.
She recalls that in that first day she really wanted to make friends. She walked in with a huge backpack, that really look like a turtleshell as it was much bigger than her, and approached a little girl who she wanted to be friends with. She smiled at her but the other girl didn’t smile back. In fact, she changed her facial expression and looked just horrified as if she saw a ghost or the scariest thing ever.
Lizzie thought that this girl was just being rude, and she is the one that’s really missing out. I’m a fun kid, she said to herself and I’m not going to play with her. I’m sure that other kids will love me and be my friends. Reality was much different and the rest of the day wasn’t much better than how it started.
Most of the people in her school didn’t want anything to do with her, and she couldn’t understand their reasons. What did I do? What’s wrong with me? She asked herself and ran home in tears to ask her parents for help. Their answer gave her the first bits of information about the future that was expecting her.