My third pin is dedicated to my 4th grade role model, Harriet. Yes, she was a great spy but an even better writer. And I so desperately wanted to be a writer one day. I was also a bit obsessed with the movie. I went so far as to recreate her spy journal and copy lines word for word into it. I would like to note that I did this with my class journal after the teacher decided we wouldn’t be using it anymore. And I would also like to mention that I left school a week early at the end of the year and left said journal in my school desk with my books, thinking the teacher would collect my items.

Boy, was I in for a surprise. Near the end of summer vacation, a classmate called to tell me that everyone had passed my notebook around and was really upset with what I wrote about them. She warned me that I should prepare myself for the first day of school.  It was the first time that I wasn’t excited to see my friends on the first day of school. I knew even if I played sick (and I actually did feel sick), I was still going to school. Sick wasn’t going to cut it. Nothing would. I wanted to disappear.

There was this dark cloud following me all the way to school that first day. I wanted to cry and I wanted to run away. If anyone approached me, I was just going to explain that it was a movie and I didn’t mean any of it. I walked into that classroom staring straight at my feet. Although I sat at the opposite side of the classroom to separate myself from my 4th grade friends, they beckoned me to sit with them. I was weary the rest of the day. Nothing was ever spoken about the journal. It’s funny how things work out. Another life lesson learned.

“Good friends are one of life’s blessings. Don’t give them up without a fight.”

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