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Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: I Remember

Adolescence, Childhood, Facing Community Belonging and Citizenship from University of Northern Iowa (Waterloo, Iowa)

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Illustrated by: Caitlin

Written by: Ashley


I remember simplicity, actually no I don’t

I remember the alphabet being simple, but sounding out words didn’t always work.

I remember being happy by myself, wait that’s a lie

I just remember being alone, meeting people was easy, but making friends was hard.

I remember being fearless, no

I remember the first time I was in a state of fear and that even if the lights were on I was still afraid.

I remember being loved, yeah I do remember being loved.


This story originally appeared in Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by the University of Northern Iowa in Waterloo, Iowa.

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