I Once Read a Book in Fourth Grade That Was Upside-Down and Backwards.

No, literally. I did. You’re sitting there thinking, “What the heck, Ellie? Do you mean this was some sort of goofy puzzle book?”


No.


I mean it was a genuine, honest-to-gosh, normal book. Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia. Ninth book in the Royal Diaries series, if you’d like to know. But some idiot had bound the book wrong, so that the cover was not only upside down, but backwards as well. When I read it, it looked like I was holding the book upside down and starting at the end, when really the pages on the inside were right-side up and starting at the front.


I’d sit at my desk and read that book and other kids would walk by and say, “Um, Ellie, you’re holding that book wrong.” And I’d say, “No,” and show them the inside. And they’d say “Oh,” and walk away.


And I think that sometimes we think other people are upside down and backwards. That they’re selfish drama kings and queens, that they’re off their rocker, that they’re weird, that we don’t want to be near them. I know we all do - yes, you included. No, don’t look at me like that. This applies to you, too.


But for all we judge people by their covers and say they’re upside down and backwards, what’s on the inside is frequently just like us. A normal kid with talents and flaws, with hopes and dreams and insecurities. 

Upside up and forwards.



Namarië,
Ellie

16 comments:

  1. that book sounds so cool.

    we do judge people. i do judge people. i've been working on that a lot, trying not to judge people by their covers. and i've been able to make a lot of new friends this year.

    lovely post xx

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    1. It was!
      I've been trying to do that too :) thank you, love.

      - Ellie

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  2. i tend to judge people more on their verbal cover as opposed to physical cover--know what i mean?

    i deemed the two girls that sit behind me in my math class sluts because they always talk about how they're afraid they're pregnant because they had unprotected sex [again].

    i took the senior in front of me in photoshop white trash because he acted like he lives on the streets in a poverty stricken city street when i know for a fact he lives in local suburbs.

    but i'm really trying to learn how to read people better, how to take the time to know them instead of hearing a few words and building an invisible wall between them and me. it's a long going process, but i'm getting there. turns out popular guys that play like 170000 sports and i get along because we're so different--again, i'm really working on it.

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    1. I know what you mean. I find myself guilty of doing that often too. Yes, isn't it a pleasant surprise when you find you get along well with people you wouldn't think you would?

      - Ellie

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  3. This is beautiful, and a really amazing metaphor for people. <3

    ~J

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  4. This was beautiful. I loved it. :)

    And also, whoever bound that book really was an idiot. I've never even heard of that happening before.

    -Annie

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    1. Thank you so much <3

      I know, right?!?!

      - Ellie

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  5. Beautiful post! Also...who bound that book?!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you! AND I KNOW RIGHT.

      - Ellie

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  6. Oh, I love this because it's so true. We should never judge people.

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    1. Thank you <3 that is very true.

      - Ellie

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  7. This is R. :) t was such a nice post! Sometimes we judge people without knowing it or saying anything. And maybe the person who bound the book was right side up and forwards but just made a mistake. Maybe no one is upside down and backwards.

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