Some kids collect seashells, bottle caps, rocks, marbles, trophies, baseball cards, coins. Most kids collect things they see as an extension of themselves. Things they are proud of and can display on a shelf and share with other people. They bring their conversation pieces to school for show-and-tell, spread them out for other people to pick over, admire and wish they were the lucky ones who found all those neat things. Not me. My collection was top secret. I definitely wouldn’t think of leaving it sitting out. My sisters would tell my mom and I’d wind up in a meeting in my parent’s room to get to the bottom of it. “Why!! Why do you have cigarette butts in your closet!! Are you smoking!?? You’re only ten years old!!!” [...] Read more here!

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