Oh no! I’m sorry your middle school classmates were jerks — it’s such a theme with middle school. Us weirdos in middle school PREVAIL though! Woo!
And guh, I know exactly what you mean — taking compliments is so hard! It’s like we can’t actually believe them when they come our way, it’s such tough conditioning to break. It’s that middle school brain that’s still in there haha
Thank you for the kind words and for reading! :) xo