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My Wonder Years

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My Wonder Years By Amber Murton Empty cloakroom; I grabbed the duffel off my old peg. The peeling, discolored name sticker hiding beneath the lunchbox shelf was the only legacy I left my primary of almost six years. Which, come September would be ripped off and a fresh one plastered on the wall for the first years. 2003 my wonder year- was it so wonderful? Well some headlines that soaked up plenty of ink were the passing of my great idols Nina Simone and Johnny Cash, but to name a few. Global commerce hit a standstill when Beckham was sold off to Madrid. Asian undertakers were having a Christmas bonus with the outbreak of SARS. Nemo the most famous of all clownfish, found his way home. The hysteria of teen TV was passed from 'Dawson's Creek' to its junior...'The O.C.' The beating feet of 10 million was unheard by government as we marched in London to protest against the invasion of Iraq. The summer drew to an end, no more instant tans under the Maldivian sun and sampling the luxurious spices of Dubai. It was a whole new adventure...secondary school. 'Gaybar' was no longer a taboo but a number one in the UK by Electric Six. ...read more.

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He is the big brother to end all big brothers. He's such a big kid-I think he became a pediatrician to stay that way and socialize with patients of the same maturity. He has always been supportive, compassionate and hilarious. This is kind of why his advice was invaluable. He told me that being myself is not an overrated, cheesy idea invented by scriptwriters at Hollywood thought up. That it was a genuine key to happiness and success of any capacity. My first day was a total nightmare. I was so late that I almost slipped on the bridle path as I ran to catch my bus. I looked like an inhuman jumble sale. My clothes where so large on me they where either cast off Pavarotti uniform or designed for the 'supersized'. My shoes had the clumpy factor that matched my entire look. Any 70s sad Dad having a mid life crisis would be proud to own them; they were loafers of another era. To add to physical insult I was very ungainly... tall, skinny with big hands and feet a typical reject. I couldn't have stuck out more if I had YEAR 7-NEW MEAT imprinted on my forehead. ...read more.

Conclusion

I was given little time to worry about where I would fit in as the third lesson approached. Geography-I am one of the many geographically confused that often end up asking for directions. Luckily it seemed to involve earthquakes-to which I was no stranger (Hong Kong provided me with first hand experience) rather than map reading. Finally Music, the less said about the boy that got his fingers stuck in a flute the better-and I thought I was accident prone! (I don't know whether it was due to first impressions but I no longer take any of the aforementioned subjects!) The trip home was hardly a rollercoaster, yet somehow it still made me feel dizzy and a little dazed. The first day had confirmed my worst fears, that my childhood was O.V.E.R (alphabetical breakdown was so 'this year'). I felt so maladjusted, even though I had made quite a lot of friends in the one day. There was and still is so much to take in! I went home 11 going on 15. I have changed tremendously as time has gone on, now that I am 15 going on 16; the 90's occasionally calls with its re-runs of Dawson's Creek. Pangs of nostalgia pass as the past brings me back to my childhood and 2003 my 'wonder year'. ...read more.

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