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"Guts" by Raina Telgemeier

September 18, 2019
In this companion to Smile and Sisters, graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier recounts her experiences with childhood anxiety and phobias.
self-conscious
I was a nervous kid. Self-conscious.
technically
Technically, this is a comic strip. See?
technicality
Okay, Miss Technicality. What's that you're eating for lunch today?
anatomy
Anatomy of a "normal dinner" at our house
guacamole
Guacamole (which we all actually like)
hormone
Could be your hormones kicking in...might have been a little food poisoning.
lecture
LDI! That stands for Lecture, Demonstration, or Instruction.
demonstration
LDI! That stands for Lecture, Demonstration, or Instruction.
oral
LDIs will be given orally every Tuesday.
proposal
You can submit proposals to me anytime.
courtyard
One time around the courtyard...two times around the courtyard...
contaminate
The house is contaminated!
therapist
I'm going to be your therapist.
diminish
It doesn't diminish your own battle...
ally
But perhaps you and Michelle can become allies instead of adversaries.
adversary
But perhaps you and Michelle can become allies instead of adversaries.
ferment
At least try some kimchi. It's my favorite!
What is it?
Spicy, fermented cabbage.
preoccupied
Raina, you seem very preoccupied with the things other people eat.
mature
You're not mature enough to understand.
currency
Last year, bodily functions were common currency.
puberty
Was puberty to blame for my sudden panic attacks?
suburb
We're moving.
You are? Where?
The suburbs.
gazebo
They have a big house with four bedrooms and a creek in their backyard! And a gazebo!!
disrespectful
But please, please try not to be disrespectful to other people.
mangy
My brother Louie had a dog — a mutt, real mangy.
parasite
No parasites, no bacteria, no food allergies...
discernable
It basically means upset stomach...with no discernable cause.
reflection
But we all go through changes and times of reflection.
cope
But, I have a few ways of coping.
confidential
Is it a secret?
Not really.
Just confidential, out of respect for Michelle's privacy.

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