About the Author: Tiny blonde-haired 5th grader who had a slight history of being difficult (something was ominous, upon reflection, about that "D" in Conduct in 1st grade - but come on, Mrs. Gibson was a real pain-in-the-ass). She got kicked out of Brownies in the 2nd grade for refusing to make the mandatory Brownie pledge - because she and her best friend thought it was unethical to look into a mirror surrounded by greenery and pretend it was a lake (they demanded an actual lake for the event, but the request was refused). After that, her Brownie purse got turned into a spy bag, where detailed notes of her brother's annoying behaviour was thoroughly documented). Hence, no Girl Scouts or those brightly colored badges were in her future. The year she wrote this piece, she got suspended from the 5th grade Bible Class because she and her best friend skipped it one day, and got caught smoking cigarettes outside the classroom behind a grove of red cedars. It was raining and the teacher came out yelling for them and slipped in the wet Virginia red clay.
The only teacher she liked was her 5th grade English teacher.