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When the loud bell rang

The first thing I remember is sitting in my room with my three new roommates. They were 10- and 11-year-old boys, away from home for the first time, and two of them were crying. - Image by Ken Brown
The first thing I remember is sitting in my room with my three new roommates. They were 10- and 11-year-old boys, away from home for the first time, and two of them were crying.
What was important to me was that I wear my gold velour shirt with the sparkly threads interspersed throughout.

My first day in school was really my second day — Jangchup Phelygal

The Radiators That Ticked Heat into the Room — Laura Rhoton McNeal

Rear Rank Rudy — Jim Morris

Forget-me-nots — Rosa Colwin Jurjevics

Second Day of 7th Grade — Jennifer Ball

He's Going to See My Bald Spots and Know I'm a Lunatic — Rachel Kempster

What Was I Doing in This Zoo? — Matthew Lickona

A Princess in the Domain of Mrs. Kerschke — Jeannette De Wyze

"Gin and Juice" until the Sun Come Up — Ollie

A Transitional Object Was Needed — Geoff Bouvier

Mean Girls — Sue Greenberg

Pagan Became My Nickname — Ernie Grimm

The Hedgehog Knows One Thing of Great Importance — Joe Deegan

CIA — Tim Klepeis

My Future Husband Took the Seat Next to Mine — Mary Grimm

I Was a Substitute Teacher — Patrick Daugherty

I Wanted to Crawl into My Mittens — Deirdre Lickona

A Flower on the Wall Blooms — Barbarella

Out of Africa — Abe Opincar

In As Much Sin As You Could Find! — John Brizzolara

Time Out of Mind — Jeff Smith

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The first thing I remember is sitting in my room with my three new roommates. They were 10- and 11-year-old boys, away from home for the first time, and two of them were crying. - Image by Ken Brown
The first thing I remember is sitting in my room with my three new roommates. They were 10- and 11-year-old boys, away from home for the first time, and two of them were crying.
What was important to me was that I wear my gold velour shirt with the sparkly threads interspersed throughout.

My first day in school was really my second day — Jangchup Phelygal

The Radiators That Ticked Heat into the Room — Laura Rhoton McNeal

Rear Rank Rudy — Jim Morris

Forget-me-nots — Rosa Colwin Jurjevics

Second Day of 7th Grade — Jennifer Ball

He's Going to See My Bald Spots and Know I'm a Lunatic — Rachel Kempster

What Was I Doing in This Zoo? — Matthew Lickona

A Princess in the Domain of Mrs. Kerschke — Jeannette De Wyze

"Gin and Juice" until the Sun Come Up — Ollie

A Transitional Object Was Needed — Geoff Bouvier

Mean Girls — Sue Greenberg

Pagan Became My Nickname — Ernie Grimm

The Hedgehog Knows One Thing of Great Importance — Joe Deegan

CIA — Tim Klepeis

My Future Husband Took the Seat Next to Mine — Mary Grimm

I Was a Substitute Teacher — Patrick Daugherty

I Wanted to Crawl into My Mittens — Deirdre Lickona

A Flower on the Wall Blooms — Barbarella

Out of Africa — Abe Opincar

In As Much Sin As You Could Find! — John Brizzolara

Time Out of Mind — Jeff Smith

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