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Righting 30-year old wrongs

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 01, 2010

I just got a facebook message from a childhood friend, Cathy K, that said, “I’m looking for a Robyn Openshaw who grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska in the 70’s–you look too young to be her though, right?”

Nope, I’m her!

In case I was feeling elated for being told I am too young to be “that” Robyn, this was Cathy’s next message:

“Remember that you drew a picture of me on the chalkboard with clumps of mascara on my eyelashes? And I threw a chalked-up eraser at your back when I tried to erase it and you tried to stop me?”

Wow! Would I do something so mean? Thank goodness we get to grow up. I was grateful for the opportunities to right 30-year old wrongs! And thankful, too, for the perspective that if my own 6th grader acts like . . . well, a 6th grader . . . she’ll eventually develop some wisdom and maturity. Anyway, I wrote Cathy back and asked her forgiveness. And recounted my main memory of being jealous of her for being beautiful. (I was the ugly duckling pretty much the entire decade.)

Then she said,

“You look like a 22 year old. I look like a stay-home Mom who nursed four children and ate Pop Tarts. That’s going to change–my goal is to look like you! I’m getting on my exercise bike right after I pick up my kindergartner!”

As I’m going to blog about soon, it’s never too late to give up the Pop Tarts. (p.s. And it’s WORTH IT to nurse those babies!)

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7 thoughts on “Righting 30-year old wrongs”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You grew up in Nebraska?! So did I, and I still live there. You do look 22, by the way! I’m on my second year of rockin’ the green smoothies for me and my family. I get told that I look a lot younger than I am, too. Gotta love that!

  2. With greensmoothiegirl it makes it easy to focus on nutrition and nurse those babies!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Salisbury, North Carolina and a big fan of yours. I recently did an interview with the Salisbury Post (local paper) on green smoothies and I’ll forward a copy. If you find yourself getting a number on inquiries from North Carolina in the near future this may have something to do with it.

    Keep up the good work and keep spreading the message. I wish you well!

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Nagy

    http://www.salisburypost.com/Lifestyle/090110-green-smoothie-qcd

  4. Thank you for agreeing that it’s “WORTH IT to nurse those babies”! So very true and that message isn’t expressed enough in our “me first” society. Keep it up and keep up your great work teaching us about all the benefits of green smoothies.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Maybe these green smoothies are working. I’m told I look younger than my age too and I’m shocked at how much older some of my fellow classmates look. I felt like the ugly ducking/late bloomer but now I’m feeling pretty good. Glad I found Robyn. I tell everyone about these green smoothies so much I feel like a spokesperson. Funny

  6. Anonymous says:

    Did you see there is a new movie coming out called Forks over Knives one of the film makers is Campbell from the China Study I agreed with everything you said about Dr. Mercola bashing the chinca study

    keep up with all your wonderful inspiration

    betsy

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hi Betsy, see my blog entry the day before about Forks Over Knives. 🙂

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