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January 2, 2014 | 1,399 views | 1 comment


The move into the city was proving to be not only exciting, but scary. Annie had read dozens of comic books, like Archie and Katy Keene, about teenagers visiting on their front lawns, walking down real, city sidewalks, meeting at drive-in restaurants for ice-cream sodas and banana splits. It all sounded like a dream to a teenage girl who had lived in the country all her life.

Her country home had yards but no such thing as side walks. Just lots of trees and dirt paths. She had always ridden the yellow bus to school, an entire hour from her rural home. And the high school Annie attended had only 200 students. Everyone knew everyone there, but this new school boasted 2000! Oh, my. Annie would miss her lifelong friends, but hopefully she would still see them from time to time, and she was ready to make new ones. And the timing was perfect because Annie was about to start high school!

Annie’s dad had taken a job in the city, and even though it was just 30 miles from her childhood home, it meant a whole new world. New school, new friends, new church, nearby stores, new neighbors, and those neighbors would live just a few minutes away! The bus she would be riding would be to shop downtown, and sure enough, there really were sidewalks in front of her new home.

Leroy immediately began a campaign to win the heart of this new girl in town!
The Vanes had moved just two days prior into that modest neighborhood, and Annie had not yet begun her first day of school. So that is why this night was going to be both exciting and scary. It was a Saturday evening, and there was a dance in the local Community Hall. This was going to be her chance to make new friends. But thankfully, she didn’t have to go to the dance alone.

Vivian’s mother worked with a neighbor who lived just two doors down; in fact, that’s how they found themselves buying the home where they did, and that friend introduced Annie to her daughter, Lynda. So Annie and Lynda went to the dance together. The two of them hit it off right away, and because Lynda had lived in that neighborhood all her life, she knew lots of the girls at the dance and was able to introduce Annie to her friends.

Everyone was nice and she made friends with several other girls, including Camilla and Margie, but she also met an interesting, very cute, blonde-haired guy named Leroy. Leroy immediately began a campaign to win the heart of this new girl in town! And Annie was naive enough to be infatuated with Leroy as well. The evening turned out to be just what she had hoped for. First weekend in town, first adventure, and already the first prospective boyfriend. How much better could it get?

The following week Annie started school. She was awed by the size of the campus, by so many people, by so many teachers. She knew she would love her English class, but algebra and chemistry were going to be challenges. Oh well. This was just such an exciting time and such an adventure that she felt up to it. She also had a chance to sign up for the pep squad. She would be able to go to all the games and to be involved. Yes, she would have been involved in that small school she had left, but this big school was much more interesting! Annie felt like a character in her own comic book story!

(Watch for the next installment!)
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Elaine K.  
January 2, 2014 3:25pm
Nice beginning, Kathleene!

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