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The family reunited during dinner time. Betty cooked some spaghetti, salad and meat. Parents were very enthusiastic to learn more about kids’ first day at school. They started questioning Kathy. Even Kathy was younger than Anelle, she was very outgoing. She could make any friend everywhere. She is always talkative, generous and sweet. Her heart- shaped face makes her looking like a little china doll. Her hair is long and always tied in pony tail. She knows a lot about new stuffs and fashion trends. She always checks new girly items online, and requests her mom or dad to get them. Anelle considers the parenting style a little bit permissive toward Kathy. However, she loves Kathy as a biological sister, so Anelle imagines herself being jealous of her little sister. Kathy states she already made 3 or 4 friends. She plans to invite all of them for pajama night at her home. Her parents agreed and were very surprised and proud of her.
“How about you Anelle? How was your day at school?” Richard questioned.
“It was fine. I met one girl named Colleen. She also moved from another state to Ohio. I think she is pretty smart girl. We decided to form study group sometimes.”
“ How about the boys? You are pretty girl, just a little sloppy. If you want, I will take you tomorrow to mall, and we get some new clothing for you”
“Mom, you know what type of girl I am. I consider myself an Artist. I don’t go to School to impress anyone. All I want is graduating and go to College. I am not looking for a boyfriend right now. There are only 2 remained years to finish High School. I believe I will find more interesting guys in College” Anelle was annoyed with her mother’s comments.
“I know sweetie, I am just trying to be a mom. Most mothers say the same thing to their daughters. You are ok with your choices. But, you know about the school you are going now. Most kids are from rich families. You have to fit in, or they might…”
“It is enough Betty, you don’t have to force Anelle to be like them” Richard interrupted.
“ Might do what Momma? What do you mean?
“Richard, please! Anelle is already 16. We can not always overprotect her. She must know because I think she is so naïve for her age. Annie, listen… Three years ago, me and your dad read news about Ohio. We heard about 2 girls who committed suicides in your school. The reason was “they were bullied”. They were pretty girls like you, new students and shy. One had panic attack and the other girl was a foreigner. There are many jealous and mean girls there. Some of them are not confident about themselves, and they would do anything to hurt others to get some self-esteem. Those 2 victims were nice girls. So, they were easy targets. One girl hanged herself in her bedroom, and the other one shot herself. I believe their family is broken now. Listen your mother Annie, me and your daddy raised you as an extraordinary girl. We always taught you and your sister to respect others. You learnt a lot from us. But, we didn’t tell you some people are not like you. You are just so nice, a good daughter, and an excellent sister for Kathy.” Betty was almost crying when she told this to Anelle
“Mom, I understand your point. To be honest, I read this new too. I know you and daddy would forbid me to read. But, I just did. I believe this is possible to happen to me or not. Today, I made one friend. I didn’t expect it. This is already a good new. I know I am a shy, people can hurt me. But, I want to make the scars to be a learning experience. If something bad happens, all I need to do is moving to another school.”
“Annie is very mature for her age. I am proud of her. You will attend College and I can’t wait to see your works displayed in Best Art Galleries in New York City” Richard ended the conversation by giving some compliments to Anelle.

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{July 10, 2011}   Chapter 3: Back to School

It was fall. After vacation, there is always something very common at schools. Students laughing, telling about amazing trips and some very excited to be back to School. Betty took kids to go to school while Richard went to the new job. First, she had to leave Anelle before taking Kathy to her elementary school. Anelle left the car and stands in front of school. She was observing the details. That school was really enormous comparing to her the school in her old town. Obviously, she was nervous for being a shy person and for a huge change in her life. In her mind, she was wondering if she could make new friends, if she would fit in groups or feel accepted.. Anelle never wears brand new clothing. She enjoys a cool jeans and a cute shirt. She views herself as an Artist and not a popular girl. She never felt rejected by anyone because she never asked to be accepted. Anelle found her locker and left some of her stuffs inside. Her room was in third floor, so she walked, and she finally felt there was no reason to be scared because she is just being herself. She comes in, and only found a chair in the corner behind all classmates. Perhaps, it will make her to look like an outsider. However, she feels comfortable since nobody is going to notice her. Anelle was ready to watch the class, but she did not expect to be introduced to class. She has never had to introduce in public, since she always studied at the same school, same town and same classmates. Moreover, she had no choice. So, decided to encourage herself and stands up to talk a little about her “Hi everyone, my name is Anelle. I am from Athen, Texas. I just arrived Ohio 2 days ago”.
After this deeply breath introductory discussion, she looked at each ones faces’ expressions. Some did not react, some smiled, some just say “Hi there” and some were ironical “Huh, which city is that?” During the lunch break, the first thing that Anelle was worried is who would sit with her, and have lunch with her. She would attempt to come first to any group. But, her shyness always interrupted her. She was almost arriving to the cafeteria when a voice shows up “Hey Anelle, my name is Colleen, I heard you are from Texas. But, I just moved 2 years ago from South Carolina. How are you?” Anelle looks and she recognized her classmate. She remembers she smiled to her during her speech. She quickly hold her hand and replies “Nice to meet you Colleen, yeah it is my first day here. This moving is really a big change for me”.
“Yes, you said that. I know how it feels. This school is an elite school. I was not very fond to study here. But, I have to go to College” responds Diane. Diane was a cute girl wearing glasses. She wears a knitted blouse and a plaid skirt. She reminds some of those smart girls who enjoys Literature and Math.
“What are your plans for the College?” Anelle asked curiously.
“I love History and Poems. I am just not sure if I want to pursue a career in Sociology or Education. I also play piano since I was a little girl. My family encourages me to attend a Music school. It would be great to play in a Classic Concert. But, I know how competitive it is. My dream is working with kids. I only child, but I always wished to have little brothers and sisters. How about you? Have you thought in any major yet?” – Colleen replied.
“ Yes, I want to attend Graphic Design School. I love to draw. New York City is my first plan. I dream to have my illustrations published in Magazines or Children’s Books. I have some works and scratches at home. You should come sometimes. So, you can tell if they are good or not. Since you love kids, and my illustration could be or not be educative. Oh yes, I have a little sister named Kathy”
“Wow, what such interesting plan. I would like to see your works and you have a sister? Lucky you! I would love to meet her for sure”
“ Frankly, she is only my half sister. My mother remarried after my dad passed away. But, we both get along well. We are a closed family”
“Interesting, we should schedule anytime. Here, get a tray” Colleen delivered a tray to Anelle. “The food sounds nice. They got a section of Pizza, mashed potatoes, corn dogs and burgers. I know they are not healthy at all. But, I am a passionate person. I eat what I can.”.
The two new friends sound very closed since the first day at school. Anelle was more confident that some changes might be good. Perhaps, the changes can improve her to become more outgoing and sociable.



It was a beautiful sunny day. Anelle has been once in New York City. The city is metropolitan in Cleveland, Ohio. However, the buildings still are not comparable to New York City. The city looks neat and there are many wealthy people in Cleveland. Anelle loves New York City because of Museums of Fine Arts. She considers the city a great place to study Illustration. After a tiring trip, they finally arrived to their 3 bedrooms home. The house looks smaller than their previous home. The reason is because the things and taxes are more costly than her previous town. But, the girls were happy for changes. None of them complained and they couldn’t wait to see their new home. The new house reminds a little about Victorian homes, very old. It was home well furnished but it was not extravagant. Anelle went to her bedroom and saw a new neon green laptop on her desk. She turned on and found the new Program called Photoshop Illustrator, a new and last version of Illustrator Program. The family was moving all stuffs to the new home and they decided to have dinner at a local restaurant. They went to popular steak house. Richard played and joked with the girls. They ordered Ribs, steaks, grilled chicken, and corn soup. After 2 hours of dinner time, they all decided to go home because they were really ready to rest after the trip. Anelle went to her bedroom but she forgot something. She went to her living room and saw her stepfather watching baseball game on sofa.
She said “Daddy Richard, I just want to thank you for your thoughtful gift”
Richard turned head back to see her and answered cordially “You are welcome Annie, remember we do have some disagreements sometimes. But, I do care about you. I know you want to go to College. Just don’t forget you have to pass not only in Art exam to attend College”. Anelle shaked the head and responded with a shy smile “I will keep in mind, good night daddy”.
“Good Night my daughter”
Anelle was convinced that Richard could be annoying sometimes. But, she knows he is too good to be a stepfather. She was more grateful that he gave her a lovable sister Kathy, and makes her mother very happy. It was almost midnight she had to sleep because she would be prepared for new school in next 2 days.



{June 13, 2011}   Chapter 1: The family

Anelle is quiet and shy girl who resides with her parents and her little nine years old sister. Her real father died from brain tumor when she was just four. Then, her mother remarried a bagel store owner. The family’s business always goes well. However, they decided to move from a little town Athens in Texas to Cleveland in Ohio. Anelle used to have few but very close friends. Her parents routines were going to church every Sunday. Anelle just started her 16th year this year. She has never been very popular at school. She only dated a guy named Greg who also goes to the same church as hers. Her looks is just like any average girl. But, she never had a great self-esteem. Her hair was dark brown, straight but full. She has some Asian inheritance from her mother’s side. Her eyes were very dark almond. She is not very skinny like a model. However, she enjoys walking in the park every afternoon with her little sister and the German shepherd dog named “Sam”. Her daily activities such as exercising once in a while and eating healthy meals allowed her to be in shape. But, she enjoys some sweets with her little sister sometimes. Her puberty made her mature early in her teen years. Her body is very curvy and she is a little chunky in her bottoms but nothing makes her look out of the ordinary. She studied in a little Christian School. There are always the most and least popular kids. However, the school would enforce rules against bullying. There are always parents/teachers meeting every semester. Additionally, most kids know each other because they live in a very small town and goes to the same church.
Her little sister Kathy is very close to Anelle despite they are not from same biological father. Her mother Betty is Cambodian- American. Anelle always admired her mother’s beauty. That woman was vain. She just remains like those retro Asian movie stars. Her mother’s past was a mystery. Anelle only once heard from an aunt a little bit about her mom. Anelle was told her mother got pregnant of Anelle and left the family when she was underage to live with her father. For this reason, Betty’s family disowned her. Anelle does not have many memories of her real father. The only event she remembered was being taken to a Carnival where she saw colorful balloons in the air. She still have the single picture of her father stored in her journal. Her father wears a Marine’s uniform. He was tall and handsome with no expressions on his face. When Anelle is sad, she puts all her feelings in her journal. She pretends she is speaking to her father in her journal. Her stepfather Richard is hardworking and a serious man. He was not authoritarian at all. But, he knows how to discipline his kids. Anelle is often targeted even sometimes she does not consider her actions very disrespectful. She was not a party girl, she enjoys her free time drawing, hanging out with close friends and writing in her journal. Her stepfather complains when she stays late writing or drawing. Anelle feels uncomfortable with his attitudes, however, she always keep to herself because she could definitely understand that being a stepchild is not always easy.
During a Sunday morning, some kids either ran in the yard or go to church with their families. Anelle and her family prepare to move to a new home,in a new town that’s in another State. The reason to move was because Richard decided to sell his bagel store, because he is unsatisfied to be only a bagel store owner. He received a job offer in Software Company in Cleveland Ohio. It is a big change for the entire family. But, their dreams always come first. They just called the moving company which offers trucks to move their furnitures and belongings. Anelle had to say goodbye suddenly to her close friends.
“Are you coming back to visit us sometimes Anelle?” said Kristen one of her best friend.
“Silly girl, of course I will. I promise I will write you all every week. You know it is hard for me to leave you all, but I got no choice” responded Anelle with tearful eyes. She hugged all the girls and she found Greg, her ex standing close by. “Bye Greg, I want to keep in touch with you too” Anelle hugged him tightly believing he still feels something for her. He always did. He was a sweet guy. Anelle was just not ready to keep the relationship going on since she was very mature for her age. She did not want to end like many girls from her town getting married after High School. She had dreams to attend college and become an Illustrator.
Her illustrations were very creative and deep. She was inspired by Children books and Surrealism. She loves to draw little kids or animals in a world that only belongs to her imagination. After an hour of farewell speeches, she and her family finally left by her stepfather’s car. Her stepfather promised to buy her a new computer with a new Illustrator Computer Program. Anelle’s smile showed a thankful expression. Sometimes, Anelle sees her stepfather’s quality as a real father. She loves him, and tries to understand his views. Kathy, her little adorable sister, laid on Anelle’s legs and said “Annie (she calls her Annie), do they have Parks in Cleveland? We must go sometimes.” Her father looked in the car’s mirror and smiled “Princess, they are more modern. You will not only find parks, but they have great stores and malls there”. Kathy jumped over the sit and shouted “Yayyy, I want a Pink Nintendo DS and many stuffed animals”. Betty ironically responded “When was the last time you didn’t get anything?”.
They seem a happy and traditional family travelling on the road. They know it is a long trip and probably it would take two days to arrive. They will stay in any Inns/Hotels during the trip.



{June 13, 2011}   My first book cover

This is the cover of my book. Remmember I am not a professional writer. I am only a freelance writer. I really want to offer some fun here in my blog.

“dandelion a weed, no matter how many times you try to kill it or make it go away, it pops back up”

 



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