The Soap Opera

Elizabeth Reed
The Foreigner Blog
Published in
3 min readJun 10, 2021

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As a teenager I thought my strict Portuguese parents’ aim was to make me look as ugly as possible. But their ultimate goal was getting me to the altar, still a virgin.

They failed miserably.

Dad: “You’re not painting your face.”

Mom: “No makeup until you’re sixteen.”

On my sixteenth birthday my mother gave me a sad 1950’s style flip-up compact, with a mirror…

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Elizabeth Reed
The Foreigner Blog

Born in Lisbon. Married to a German. Traveler to unusual places (West Papua) Musician (pianist) Political activist (anti Tangerine Tyrant) Health advocate.