“Yes, I know; Jelly Douglas is an unusual name for a girl of ten; however, do not let that fool you. I am smart, creative, and somewhat tenacious so my mother tells me.”

“And even though, I have an obvious gap between my two-front teeth due to a visible overbite; I was told previously, it was a sign of prosperity. However, mother said not to believe everything I hear; but I keep smiling anyway. Oh, and maybe I should mention my hair. Everyone likes to criticize it as if it’s some unusual object never before seen. I mean really? Red hair – what is so unique about that? Of course, there is a cowlick sticking through the back, but doesn’t everyone have one?”

“You see; my family moved to Tanglewood almost two years ago. And, I like the sunny weather; craftsman, mission, and ranch-style homes mingled within grassy hillsides and vast ocean views; but, I find the people living here somewhat eccentric and laid-back, know what I mean? If not, the further you read, the more you will tend to agree with me.”

“Most everyone says I am too tall for my age, and that my voice drives them crazy because I sound like a croaking frog. But what really gets me, is that they say, I walk like a lion hot on the trail of a good meal. Can you believe some people?”

“Of course, there will always be those who will do and say almost anything to make themselves feel superior. But, you do not need to constantly remind me about my eccentricities. I already know I am odd!”

“Even so, I am proud of my individuality, for I am constantly on a personal quest to enlightenment. And to be honest, I don’t really care what other’s think; there are more important things going on in this world than the topic of my hair.”

“Well, there you have it – me in all my glory. I say, embrace your uniqueness, and be who you are meant to be. Anyway, if there is one thing I know for sure; you will not likely forget me, or my hair!”