timeline 6-10March 25, 2008
Age 6 – I enter kindergarten, a magical place of reading corners, indoor sandboxes, play kitchens and lots of penguin decorations.
Age 7 – On a family vacation to New York City, we visit the Statue of Liberty. I am incredibly excited to climb up to the top and look out through her crown. My dreams are crushed when I realize I must stay down at the base with my younger brother and my mom. I am so mad I refuse to turn around for my mother to take a picture of Jonathan and I. Afterwards I immediately regret it, sure that I have lost my one chance in life to have a picture taken in front of the Statue of Liberty.
Age 8 – This marks the official last year of adorable little Abigail because at the beginning of second grade I get glasses. Glasses alone would not be enough to end the cuteness, but when combined with my homemade vests, side ponytails and a rolly polly figure I enter the long dark tunnel of awkwardness.
Age 9 – Most of this year is spent in our basement playing Legos with my brothers and listening to my dad’s copy of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park on vinyl record.
Age 10 – Our family packs all our belongings into a yellow Ryder truck. After saying goodbye to all 36 of my first cousins, 24 aunts and uncles (just on my mom’s side) and assorted best friends, We drive west across Pennsylvania, all the way across Ohio and about halfway across Indiana to the town of Goshen. We move into a light blue house in the back end of a suburb near the train tracks. I am thrilled about all of it right up until I realize that I know longer know anyone or have any best friends in a 100 mile radius. Much of my first summer is spent reading Pippi Longstocking and the South Seas over and over again.