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This week, I’m returning to my Swiss boarding school memoir, “Internat Adventures”. Previous instalment HERE.
Preamble – My first year of high school was spent in a co-ed Swiss prison, er, boarding school, (there were actual bars on the windows!) which in German is called an “Internat” (short for International School). Last semester; Apr. – Jun., 1969: Losing one’s first serious boyfriend to a bitter rival was such a heartbreak! Said rival had previously injured me by shoving me from behind while I was changing a razor blade (this was before disposable razors). The blade was driven bone-deep into my thumb, leaving a permanent scar.
The razor blade attack left me fearful and nervous. I tried to stay as far away from Julie as possible, but she was always lurking somewhere. Soon, other people started giving me odd looks and my only remaining friends were room mates Jennifer and Vivian.
A two-week break for Easter holidays did nothing to ease the situation. First day back, and there was Julie, locked in a hot embrace with Vaughan, outside the dining hall. Even though I already knew he was lost to me, the tears flowed uncontrollably, as I ran around the corner and hid.
Later, in the dining hall, contemptuous glances from Julie’s table burned like fire. What had I done to deserve this?
Julie had won! Vaughan wouldn’t even speak to me and neither would his sister Judy, my former “best friend”. This was a horrible turn of events for any 14-year-old to endure!
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P.S. Interesting discussion today about “showing” vs “telling”. Most of my writing is autobiographical, so I thought I’d just throw this in: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FICTION AND MEMOIR