Thank you Holly. I wrote this piece for my final exam piece for my creative writing prose class in college. This was the first draft and I never edited it. I was SO blocked for the first time in my life and couldn’t write ANYTHING. I got terrible test anxiety when I was in school. By the time I finally wrote SOMETHING all I had time to do was print it and RUN to class to present it. I entered it into the Arrowhead that year and won the Prose award. The other applicants were all English and Lit majors. I was a science major. I was VERY honored. Being recognized for something as personal and intimate as your writing is the greatest honor indeed. Reading this at the awards banquet with my boys there seeing me being honored was one of the best moments of my life. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

𝘐 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭-𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘫𝘢𝘮.

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