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The Mermaid Tail and Other Stories About Being Different

(Illustration: Kat Borosky/TueNight.com) My 8-year-old daughter asks me if kids teased me at school when I was younger. When I ask her if she is being teased at school, all she will tell me is “sometimes.” Then I wonder: are her classmates teasing her because of her imagination? My daughter has a beautiful and vivid fantasy life. The other day, she was waiting for her mermaid tail to grow because she followed all of the rituals she found in a video to turn herself into a mermaid. When the day her mermaid tail was due came and went, she was unfazed. “We live in a dry climate here in Arizona and that makes it harder to grow a mermaid’s tail,” she explained. “If we lived in San Diego, I’d have one by now.” I agree to buy her a mermaid tail online if her real one didn’t come in soon. “Were you teased when you were in school, Mommy?” “Sometimes I was,” I tell her. “Like people would call me Aliza Pizza.” I don’t tell her …