STUDENT STORIES

This is love

A.L.
Posted 4/10/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

Love. Love is such a strong emotion that everyone yearns to have. Yet, sometimes, you …

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STUDENT STORIES

This is love

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

Love. Love is such a strong emotion that everyone yearns to have. Yet, sometimes, you find it in the strangest of places.

I was in the fifth grade. A girl with fluffy brown hair, blocky glasses just a bit too big for her face, matched with her fuzzy, gray hoodie and shy smile came up to me. Awkward and slightly ditzy, she greeted me with a short wave before returning to her desk.

More or less time passed and we soon became the best of friends — we were practically inseparable! That is until I moved away at the end of the fifth-grade year. I only knew for that short time but we had grown closer than knotted silver chains, man.

I wish I had realized sooner.

I wish someone, anyone, would have told me “It’s OK to feel this way.”

Now, I know that my love is a bit different — a stranger to the door of normality and what is accepted. And because of this, I accept that I may never find love. I accept that I will be hated just for being myself. I accept that I will never see her again.

It’s been four years since then. Even now, I still love her.

A.L. is an eighth-grader at Cleveland Middle School. She drew her own self portrait.

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