Confessions of the Fat Girl #9

Word of the day: CORPULENT

I did not even know this word existed. I assume I have heard it. I assume that people use it, perhaps even on a daily basis. I, however, was completely unaware of it. Until today, while I was helping my nine year old daughter practice her spelling/vocabulary list on the way to school.

“Corpulent…” I said, pausing. “Corpulent? What does that mean?”

I could hear the smile in her voice. I could almost hear her thoughts. “It means fat.”

“Aaahh!” I exclaimed. “Really?”

“Yes, Mom. Really.”

“Oh.” I shrugged and grinned from the driver’s seat. “Well then, today I am feeling corpulent.”

“Yeah…” she mumbled. “I thought you would say something like that.”

She knows me well and gets really disgusted when I announce that I am fat. She is quick to reassure me that I am not fat and that I am “just right.” God love her for it. Truly. However, I judge that “just right” is still way too fat.

It sucks that my journey through weight issues and into resolution shows up even in my daughter’s vocabulary lists.

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