No problem -- always good to confirm all is well, I appreciate head on approach, but that's who you are Laura - strong and direct :)I sat and looked at that last line for a while. "Strong and direct" is not something I'm used to thinking about myself, though when I think about my interactions with her, with my SO, with my coworkers, kids, employers, yeah. I supposed it really does fit today.
She’s 14 going on 15. She’s lived all over the place from the day she was born - from Southern California and parts East to Germany back to Southern California then to Denver and Franktown, finally settling in Northern California (two moves within Novato) the summer before she started 7th grade. She left 2nd grade halfway through the year to go to Colorado. She finished 2nd grade in Denver, then to 3rd in a one-room schoolhouse in Franktown while the new school in Parker was being built. She made a couple of friends that first year in Franktown, but was the target of a much older boy bully who’d been held back, by the name of John B. (I remember the name but won't out him.) She used to pretend to be sick so she didn’t have to go to school and hid her fear from her parents and teachers until 4th grade, after moving to the big school (Northeast) outside Parker. Finally, she told someone. The school’s solution to the problem was to suggest that she stay in a classroom or library during recess so John B. wouldn’t bother her. He left Northeast to attend the new school when it was completed the next year. 5th and 6th were easier, excelling in school, in band and choir, and she won the lead in the 6th grade operetta.