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“The Cherry Blossom Girl and the Ancient Tree”

During senior year of high school, my English teacher encouraged me to enter a scholarship contest called the “Trey Cheek Memorial Essay Writing Contest.” Using a short story I wrote in the 11th grade, I entered the contest and by some amazing twist of fate won the $1500 scholarship (which helped me pay for my laptop for University).

Being home for a week, I realize most people haven’t seen any of my writing work in years – mainly because I graduated with a Biology major, which required only academic writing. So I figured I’d use one of my posts to put my old short story back into the universe. Click the link below to read it:

The Cherry Blossom Girl and the Ancient Tree

Spoiler alert – my experience in Japan, and love for anime throughout my teenage years, may have influenced the story a bit.

The Beginning

Since I was a young girl, my parents have made a point of taking my older brother and I traveling around the United States and later around the world. The first long trip I remember taking was a trip to Hawaii with my family the summer after 5th grade. I was an awkward teenager who hated being seen in a swimsuit, and was full of teenage angst the entire trip. But for some godforsaken reason my parents decided I was a delight to travel with and proceeded to take me with them on a trip to Ireland a year later, trips around the United States to places like Colorado for skiing and Florida for Disney World magic, and they even took me on two-week long family trips to Costa Rica the summers after sixth and seventh grade. Continue reading The Beginning