Laura’s vlog #2

We learned in school that by the time an Amish girl is twelve years old she knows how to cook a meal for a whole crew of Amish workers, I can’t do that, my cooking skills aren’t for shit, but I can draw the rings of Saturn and I’m working on my novel and I think that’s better.

We also learned that three thousand years ago King Tut’s grandfather, Amenhotep III became king when he was just twelve, and his son, Amenhotep IV changed the world. He moved the capital city and he eliminated pantheism and personal gods and taught of a oneness with creation. My stepmom Jane told me that she made a laser when she was twelve. I think twelve year olds can do a lot. Mommy and daddy always tell me I can do anything. I wasn’t confident until recently though. I like being me now; I don’t think I always did like being me.


Laura’s vlog #1

Hi! I’m Laura Rider-Williams; I’m twelve years old; I’m in the seventh grade; I like volleyball; I like reading and writing; in fact I’m a “reading scholar,” and I’m working on my novel, or actually my second novel, cause my first one sucked. I like boys, well, I’m not really sure about that, maybe I hate boys, but I like Kevin, I know I really really like Kevin. I’m saving money for my trip to Paris someday. And, of course, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out why mommy and daddy hate each other, or love each other or whatever the hell, well, pardon my French, but whatever the hell they’re thinking about each other this week.

They’re always apologizing for not being married, and kids at school, if their parents are married they say they feel sorry for me and if their parents are divorced they say they know what I’m going through… but the thing is, I like living in two places, it’s more interesting, it’s more fun, it’s like “sleeping over” all the time. I think I feel closer to my mom, I don’t know, it’s just the two of us and it just feels really close. And I read a lot at her house. But then at my dad’s, I think it’s more fun. I really like hanging out with Jason and Andrea, they’re my stepmom’s kids. They’re a lot of fun to play with.

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