Chapter One…

It seemed as if summer had just started. It seemed as if I didn't have to have a care in the world. It seemed as if the summer days would never end. It seemed as if I was wrong. June rolled by, then July. Soon it was August and we had to go back to school. I was surprisingly excited to go back to school. I couldn't wait to see my friends and meet my new teachers. But like every year of school, we were going to have to do homework, class work, working at home, work work work! I wouldn't be able to sit in the sand while watching the waves hit the shore. No more lounging around the pool getting tan. No more late nights. I wasn't ready for this!

The day before school started I was a wreck. I tried to do my hair in thousands of different hair styles, and I tried on my uniform to make sure everything fit just right. I organized then reorganized my backpack at least forty different times but it still didn't seem right. I gave myself a facial and wiped my nails clean of polish. I thought I was ready for the year ahead…maybe I was. I'm still not exactly sure.

I woke up at six in the morning and stretched. I was a seventh grader! I took a shower and got completely ready. I looked at the clock. Seven o'clock. I grabbed my bag and my two sisters followed. My oldest sister already left to go to high school. We got to school at seven thirty. My dad was a teacher at school so we had to come early. In half an hour the bell would ring and I would have to go to class.

I left fifteen minutes before the bell rang so I could talk to my friends. People had already been by the classroom when I left to go there. I spotted Kimberly and Andrea in the crowd of people. Kimberly and Andrea were my best friends in sixth grade. We hadn't seen each other much over the summer so we had so much catching up to do. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the new girl. She was standing with her mom all shy. I went over there and talked to her. I found out her name was Carmen and I introduced her to a few people. The bell rang; it was eight o'clock. We all lined up and said the "Pledge of Allegiance" and then we went inside the classroom. Our homeroom teacher Mr. Rances had made seating arrangements already so everyone took there seats.

The whole day was pretty boring. We went over rules and rules and more rules. We had to go through the dress code and make sure everyone had there supplies. We chose lockers and got our books for our classes. Then it was recess! At recess Kimberly, Andrea, Carmen, and I walked around the track. We mostly talked about boys. Carmen stayed very quiet. Finally I asked her, "So, do you think any of the boys are cute?" she looked around and pointed to Ricky. Kimberly and Andrea both laughed. They said there were boys you could like and boys you couldn't like, and Ricky wasn't one of them that you could like. After recess we met our teachers. Mr. Rances taught religion, math, and science. Ms. Delgado taught English, and literature/writing. Mrs. Glaspy taught grammar and Mrs. Roberts taught Social Studies.

After a week or so, we started to get work. In Ms. Delgado we had to do an oral presentation. My group was Kimberly, Andrea, Carmen, Jessica, Johanna, and I. Our topic was fashion which was easy for me. In our group we decided to make posters. Everyone made them at there own houses except I went over to Carmen's. This was the first time I had ever been to her house. We made the posters. My dad couldn't pick me up yet so I stayed for dinner. We had steak and spinach salad. It was so good. We went upstairs with the popcorn we made and Krispy Kreme donuts and watched Jurassic Park. Soon after that, my dad picked me up.

September had to end. Sometimes I wish September could stay forever. It was still warm out, friends were still friends, and the work was easy. But like the summer, it too had to go to leaving only a memory that someday will be forgotten. After this September things started to fall apart before my very eyes.