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From the Writer's Desk This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 12, 2012

By PenguinFeet, Bellevue, WA

On Anita's desk, 12/15, 6:06 p.m.:
About 35 blank, folded printer-paper cards with names written in the corners with light pencil; statistics, history, and biology textbooks nearly hidden by the cards; a calendar marking today as the first day of winter vacation; a half-full cup of oolong tea, lukewarm; a list of people who have shown Anita new perspectives, made her laugh, or stopped her from doing something unimaginably embarrassing in the past year.

On Anita's desk, 12/17, 3:12 p.m.:
Eraser shavings and broken pencil tips; the aforementioned printer-paper cards on which there are now pencil-sketched ­characters ranging from Davy Jones to Mulan to a sleepy-looking panda; a worn, incomplete box of 64 Crayola crayons; the remains of a ginger snap, baked by Anita and her sister earlier that day; a shopping list that includes postage stamps, envelopes, and Cheerios.

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