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March 13th –

Today, I wrote this letter to the main character in my new middle grade novel-in-verse. It is a very personal story but one I need to tell. I’ve included an excerpt from my manuscript as well.

The paper card

Name: Nat

Height: 4’11”

Weight: ____

That one blank space

Glaring me 

In the


“May I 


To the 


I ask

Mr. T.

Nurse Smith

Calls out,

“There’s one

Right there.”

And points five feet away.

But a kindergartener saves the day.

Flies in

Just then

And slams the door


“5th grade hallway,”

Mr. T says,

Busy with Joel and Dante


Over who goes first

To get measured.

I speed-walk

Out of that

Cramped room

With my classmates


And talking 

As they wait

Not bothered

At all.

Not like me

Running from


The scale.

And my number

Being announced

For all to


My number

My weight

Filling that

Blank space

And the room with the


Of all my classmates waiting to hear.

So speed-walking

Turns into a 


And I’m out of breath

When I reach the girls bathroom.

Slamming the metal door


Like freedom.

Locking it

Feels like


Away from that cramped room.

Away from

All the not-worried kids 

holding their cards.


Is now rolled up

Curved edges


Like me.