The Invisible Child

When I was in grade 2 or 3 in mid to late 1960’s in a small country school with about 25 students; someone took a class photo and each of us had an opportunity to look at the school photo…

I recognized everyone except for one boy and I couldn’t find me.

“Who is that?” I asked pointing to the boy I didn’t recognize.

After some giggling and a repeat of the question… someone said, “That’s you.”

I didn’t know what I looked like!

I have mentioned this to therapists and child Psychologists and they refer to this unusual rare experience as a ‘Coping Mechanism.’

One of these wise people told me…

“You saw yourself as invisible.”

What a gift that was…

Dennis Mantin

Dennis Mantin

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