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The Australia Life: Chapter One

By AllisonD., Bridgewater, NJ

My parents can’t tell me how to live my life or how to take care of my baby. That’s why I’m getting an apartment somewhere. In the bank: 20,000 bucks of college money that my parents made me save up since the day I was born. I don’t want to go to college. They can’t make me. Yes, I have plans with my life- to travel with my daughter and be a photographer. First is going to be a trip to Australia, once Zoey turns one. I probably have enough money. Maybe. I just need to get out of my dull life.

Zoey is sitting on the floor with a fat yellow crayon in her hand. She scribbles on her paper and screams “Aga!” when she finishes her masterpiece. My Mom and Dad tell me to never give a crayon, marker, or pen to a baby, because, well, what a disaster it would be if she scribbled on the floor or table or wall.

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