Gavi Elkind: Belly of the Beast

Yes yes yes – you must read all the way through. I’m with her.

The Roar Sessions

Gavi1You may not have known me then, but I used to be 50 pounds heavier.

Can you imagine it?

I used to be a lot of things, actually.

I used to be a soccer player, a goalkeeper: aggressive and ruthless, spitting and kicking and scratching and throwing my limbs between the ball and the net, fueled by a competitive spirit so entirely at odds with my persona off the field that I sometimes couldn’t tell which was real and which was masquerade.

I used to be a tomboy with baggy ripped jeans and a backwards cap and big dreams of playing baseball with the boys.

I used to be a piano player, and a good student, and the sweetheart of a boy with a beautiful tattoo of a sun on his forearm, and maybe a kinder and more attentive friend, too, and certainly a more dutiful and doting granddaughter.


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3 thoughts on “Gavi Elkind: Belly of the Beast

  1. Jennifer, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, and for sharing my piece. I am both deeply saddened and tremendously comforted to know that you relate. Thank you for connecting. Xo

  2. thanks, Jen, i missed this one and really loved it—what a happy ending—i wrote a comment on her roar that said how she showed us in such a real, feeling way the struggles we all go through….sometimes we just don’t acknowledge them…that’s what’s so good about writing, i feel, and also friendship….thanks for directing me to this!

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