Me, the “Sissy”

When I was in high school, I was teased unmercifully because I was not involved in sports. It was a Southern tradition that males play some kind of team sport. I, on the other hand, took piano lessons instead of joining a ball team and practicing with the team for hours. I was, of course, labeled a “sissy,” a label to which I was very sensitive. So, what does one do to dispel the “sissy” label? One goes out for a sport, and I decided my sport would be football. After all, it was just guys bumping into each other. I had some trouble working out my piano lessons with the football practices, but I joined the team…until the coach sent me in, and I huddled with the wrong team. Since football was evidently not my source of escape from being a “sissy,” I went out for basketball. Before we could leave a practice session, we were required to shoot a certain number of baskets. When I failed to reach the minimum over and over, the coach finally said, “Cooper, go home.” I therefore went home with my “sissy” title intact.


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I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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2 Responses to Me, the “Sissy”

  1. Ken says:

    I, too, was labeled “sissy” in high school. In more recent years, my husband attended with me my 45th and 50th class reunions. I had communicated with the event organizer ahead of time for her input. She told me if anyone has an issue it is their problem, not mine. Oddly enough, those “boys” who were friends in high school were the most standoffish and those who teased me the most were the most friendly and welcoming of both me and my husband. I even received an e-mail from one who could not attend congratulating me and inviting us to visit out West. How times change.

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