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In no way am I trying to complain about my life, though. Maybe they tasted so good that swallowing them was worth the torture they caused all the way through high school. Somehow I doubt it.
The way my mom tells it, we were living in an old apartment complex in my hometown of Marlborough, Massachusetts, a small city about forty-five minutes outside Boston best known for literally nothing.
A lot of shoes were manufactured there for soldiers during the Civil War.
I also used to think that the cigarettes were named after the town, but I was wrong. The paint on the sills was peeling and chipped, and since the windows were often open, the breeze would blow flakes of paint onto my toys.
According to my blood test, I had 59 micrograms! From the start of preschool, I had a hard time acquiring basic skills like reading and simple math.
My mother had me tested, and the results qualified me for special education classes. Looking back, I find it highly strange that the school just lumped everyone with learning difficulties into one class, regardless of their specific educational needs. But the material was taught much more slowly than in the regular class, and it was easier for me to understand.
Though none of us were fully aware of the reason we were together, all of us special education kids were friends. One day while playing tag during recess, I told her that she reminded me of a mouse, and she got really offended.
She quickly forgave me once I explained myself, and we started becoming friends. While we probably had fewer challenges than the other kids in the class, we were still pretty different from our regular classmates. One day we saw a kid in the hallway who had a broken leg, and he was swinging himself around on crutches. Luckily for us, her dad eventually came home and made us stop before we could do any permanent damage. That was about the time that I got really good at sneaking down the hallway to get to my classes, and I thought no one knew that I went to them.
One day, class was over and we were lined up at the door waiting for the bell to ring. A kid named Kevin suddenly called out to me.
What are you even talking about? The bell rang, and we all filed out into the hallway.
I ended up hiding in an alcove under a stairwell until well after the bell rang, just to make sure no one saw me going to the wing of the school where our classes were held. In school, most kids want nothing more than to fit in. But, really, I was my own toughest critic. I cared so much about what other people thought that it began to influence the way I thought about myself. I began to believe that I was less of a person because I had a disability.
I knew that I had to change something because of the effect SPED had on my self-esteem, but it would be years before I was able to do anything about it.
For the time being, I just made sure to go out of my way to take a really complicated route to get to class, trying my hardest to keep that part of my life secret. But it was too late.
Other kids knew, and I was ostracized more and more. In fact, the girls I hung around with could be just as brutal as the boys.
Sometimes, out of nowhere, they would all gang up on me and tell me to go sit somewhere else. It sounds like a truly bizarre way to tease someone, I know.
But it cut like a knife much like the one from their song that freed my guts from my belly. On one such humiliating day, I decided to lick my wounds by seeking out a frozen treat.
The cafeteria had recently gotten an ice-cream vending machine, and it was considered a pretty big deal because most of the desserts you could order from the machine were pricey for the average elementary school student. After being rejected by the girls, I wanted to pretend that I was above them, so I haughtily marched up to the machine like I was the richest kid in school. My tongue immediately froze to it, just like that scene from A Christmas Story when the kid licks the flagpole.
I tried to remove my tongue discreetly at first while pretending to enjoy the Popsicle. I turned to face the wall and tugged on it hard, all the while keeping a side eye on the cafeteria to make sure no one saw what was happening. Too late. I heard someone start to laugh hysterically, and I slowly turned around to face the crowd, where everyone suddenly exploded with laughter and pointed at me. The girls laughed the loudest at me that day, but while they could be terrible, I still tried to hang out with them because they seemed like a safer alternative than the boys.
I was already becoming sensitive about people reacting to the way I behaved. It was simply who I was. Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair.
In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection.
He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world.
Joey Graceffa is a leading digital creator, actor, and producer, best known for his scripted and vlog work with YouTube.
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