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Re: Red Birthmarks

Both my eldest daughter and I had "strawberry" birthmarks on our thighs which 
disappeared eventually. My youngest daughter had one too but it wasn't as 
pronounced. As far as moles, my eldest and I both have them, and in 
approximately the same places: the left corner of the mouth and on the left 
cheekbone a half-inch below the outer corner of the eye. We have had to 
suffer through teasing since those locations are where actresses used to 
pencil them in. Sigh.

My mother called them "beauty marks." As a very young child, I assumed that 
since I had them, I was, indeed, beautiful. You guessed it. As mirrors 
cracked and clocks stopped, I went through life believing it was my exquisite 
appearance that caused the phenomena. When I was told that I had a face that 
would stop a clock, I was flattered. You can imagine my horror when I learned 
the truth of it.

As a result, there are no clocks or mirrors in our house. That's why my 
lipstick is always on crooked and I never know what time it is.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Johnnye St. Clair-Gerhardt
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