The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Alana's mother is an Anthropologist who specifically studies Chinese Culture, and when Alana was in first grade her mother received the opportunity of a lifetime. She was offered the chance to go to China for a year and study the culture there, which was great for her but not as great for a first grader. After arguing with her mother, Alana realized that she was heading to China for a year so she needed to pack so she reluctantly packed only the essentials.

“What do you mean we’re moving to China?!?”

“Alana, we talked about this month ago. You said you were okay with going.”

“No. There’s no way that I did.

“Yes you did.”

She was probably right, so I stormed off before she realized I knew she was right. I stomped on each individual step to emphasis how mad I was, and once I ran out of steps to step on I sprinted towards the door and slammed the door shut.

I absolutely infuriated but I knew there was nothing I could do, so I decided to start to pack. I evaluated my room for a while. There were definitely a lot of things that were pretty non-essential towards this trip, so I decided to pack only the most essential things. I grabbed all six of my “My Little Ponies” and decided that would definitely get me through a year in China.

I zipped up the bag and drug it downstairs towards the door.

“Well that certainly was fast.”

“Yeah, I only got the essentials.”

“Honey, do you mind if I check your bag.”

“Sure.”

“Honey, there’s no clothes in this bag.”

“I only packed the essentials.

   

Packing only the Essentials

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Alana's mother is an Anthropologist who specifically studies Chinese Culture, and when Alana was in first grade her mother received the opportunity of a lifetime. She was offered the chance to go to China for a year and study the culture there, which was great for her but not as great for a first grader. After arguing with her mother, Alana realized that she was heading to China for a year so she needed to pack so she reluctantly packed only the essentials.

Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Benjamin Anderson on August 6, 2014
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