TITLE: JANE EYRE, BEWARE
GENRE: Young Adult
ACHS Senior Class Motto: Knowledge is the locker and I lost the combination
I didn’t expect to start my senior year of high school with two big losses, but I did. My best friend, Ella, moved to California in June, and my favorite Grandpa moved to heaven in July.
Up to this point in my life, I’ve been pretty calm and organized, working my way to my dream, which is going to Columbia University. My Uncle Donny, who now travels all over the world protecting the environment, went there. He’s been telling me since I was five about how great their law school is.
I just have to go to Columbia because I want to be the best environmental lawyer I can be, and help save the planet. To be honest, I also want to get out of small-town Wisconsin where everybody knows everybody else’s business.
Losing Grandpa and Ella threw me for a loop and my worrying, which I’d pretty much held in check, rocketed up to major league.
So, I’m sitting in homeroom, worrying about how fast the universe is expanding and picturing dark matter colliding, cosmic fireballs hissing, galaxies flying off into space, and blazing supernovas in 3-D. All of these things can happen. I saw it on the Discovery Channel.
To get my attention, my homeroom teacher holds up a piece of paper and stares at me.
When I point to myself, he nods.
Oh geez, a note for me, I don’t like that.