EVERYONE: 31 days of 5-minute free writes

Teenager in purple and gold marching band outfit with huge gold hat and a chest full of medals.

I had zero self-awareness as a teenager new to a very small school system where almost everyone had grown up together.

I moved to Lake Butler, my parents’ hometown, in 10th grade. The prior year, in 9th grade, I had gone to a huge school. I had been an incredibly enthusiastic band member (playing flute). I had gone to multiple “solo and ensemble” contests in middle school and 9th grade…