Wordy Wednesday (“On Seventeen”)

Hey guys! I’m back from being sick! (Somewhat. My nose is still running enough to get me a Guinness World Record, I’m pretty sure, and I’m still coughing a lot, but my head’s cleared up for the most part, which is my definition of No Longer Being Sick. Kind of.)

This past weekend was my eighteenth birthday and the state bowl competition for Future Problem Solvers! This was my eighth and final year in FPS, so it was a bittersweet occasion. I participated in team booklet writing and scenario writing — my team got a third place medal for our action plan presentation, and I snagged second place for scenario writing. It wasn’t as impressive of an ending to my FPS career as I would have hoped, but I’m just happy that I got anything. Plus, this way I don’t have to miss any of my friends’ grad parties to go to international bowl.

Meanwhile, I had a really, really awesome birthday, which I’m sure you guys just want to read on, and on, and on about, because my birthday’s just that interesting (not)… but yeah. It was amazing. 🙂 My parents threw me a semi-surprise party, where I already knew about it and who was going, but I didn’t know where we were going, and they ended up renting out a party room at a local movie theatre, where we had dinner and unlimited popcorn and drinks and Wii games and a movie, and ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. I was nearly in tears, it was so amazing, especially because I haven’t had a regular birthday party in like five years. 🙂 I swear I thought they were just going to take us down to our basement and be like, “Little Caesar’s pizza. TV. Done,” so you can imagine my surprise when the secret location ended up being the movie theatre. 😀

But anyway, enough about me — onto writing! (Which, ironically, happens to be about me too.) This week’s Wordy Wednesday is a memoir I wrote last Friday, about my last day of being a minor. It’s a little bit rough — I’m aware of the typos and the occasionally awkward wording — but I don’t have time to go spiff it up right now, because I’m super busy getting caught up on homework and tests I missed last week, along with my AP lit project and getting ready for the spring musical to open this Friday, and basically just trying not to die from this horrendous cold. Sorry! Everything should be settling down over the course of the next couple of weeks, so expect me to be a lot more sane, soon. 🙂

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— Taking this down to submit for publication. Sorry! Thank you for the interest! —

In memory of Jesse, who was regularly my pillow, my heater, and my shoulder to cry on.

“I miss you” could never be enough.

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~Julia

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9 thoughts on “Wordy Wednesday (“On Seventeen”)

  1. so amazing, well written, i felt like there was so much i could relate to i am literally crying and have been the last 5 minutes. your story and pertrail of child hood ending after 17 years abruptly in a day. i do not have a cat and am born in august so i will not have this life changing day during school like you did. you made me realize live every youthful day to the fullest because it ends all too quickly. you are amazing and should publish a book that will without a doubt inspire everyone who encounters it. my life has changed for the better because i have found you. for that many thanks.

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  2. Wow, you got me crying. Jesse was pretty special, indeed… I miss his gentle spirit.

    Its a strange feeling turning 18, isn’t it? Like you’re at a crossroads. Just as you experience “the last” of so many events, you will soon be experiencing “the first” of so many new things, Its exciting and scary all at the same time as you transition from childhood into young adulthood. Luckily college is a good segue. It will be a lot of work, but it will also be a lot of fun!

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