- B) unusual
- A) stand
- D) fear
- C) wear
- B) stare
- A) up
- C) ashamed
- B) sorry
“Ordinary” was the worst word she could find for anything. She and I would argue fiercely because I wanted to be ordinary as desperately as my mother wanted to be __unusual__ .
“I can’t __stand__ that hair-do”, she said when I went to the hairdresser with my friend and came back with a pageboy haircut straight out of Seventeen magazine, “It’s so terribly ordinary”. Not ugly, not unsuitable. But ordinary.
Her __fear__ of ordinariness came out most strongly in her clothes.
“Couldn’t you please __wear__ something else?” I asked her when she was dressing for Parents’ Day in tight-fitting pants and a bright pink sweater, with a Mexican cape.
“What’s wrong with my outfit?”
What wasn’t wrong with it!
“It’s just that I wish it would be something more plain,” I said sheepishly, “something that people won’t __stare__ at.”
She looked at me angrily and drew herself __up__ to her full height of five feet ten inches.
“Are you __ashamed__ of your own mother? Because if you are, Isadora, I feel __sorry__ for you. I really do.”