I wasn't socialized properly
Someone once said this to me while talking about herself and I was taken aback -- not because I thought it odd or wrong, but because it seemed like such a deeply honest admission. I almost think that only a person who really wasn't socialized properly could actually utter those words, to jump over that vast tarry pit of social stigma as if it wasn't there, because for them, it wasn't. Then I slowly realized that in describing herself she had also described me, what I had long held hidden away in my own self-doubt. Somewhat isolated in my youth by parenting and my multiracialness, my innate shyness had only grown, and I often found it difficult to interact with people with the same easy grace as seemingly everyone else.

At the same time, who *is* socialized properly? 

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