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Continuing this week with Chapter Five of “Internat Adventures”.

Preamble – Jan., 1969: We had just returned to school from Christmas break. My room assignment remained the same, but, there would be new people to share it with.

Last time, you met Vivian. Now, meet Jennifer:

Jennifer arrived just before supper time. She was the daughter of American missionaries and had been living in Africa for several years. Her older sister, Joan, was also at the school, but in the Senior girls’ building.

In the beginning, Jennifer was a shy little girl and completely unfamiliar with the pop culture of the day. She had been home schooled by her parents and led a sheltered life.

Over time, she broke free of her cocoon and turned into quite the social butterfly. At this point, she was still the meek little caterpiller.

school in winter

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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24 thoughts on “#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS, NOV. 10/13

  1. Do you know where any of these people are today? It would be interesting to see how Jennifer turned out. I wonder what her parents thought of the change in her after boarding school? Thanks for sharing again Debbie. Its fascinating.

    1. Hi Cindy; Yes, I did Google a few and found three of them. 🙂 Was happy to see that Angelika is alive and well, (she was the one who slashed her wrists). Vivian lives in New Zealand now and Marie Luise in Hamburg, Germany. Unfortunately, there was nothing about Jennifer. Glad you’re enjoying my story. Thanks for visiting.

  2. You were exposed to the larger world at a young age–much larger than most children are. I wonder how much Jennifer taught you guys while you were teaching her… And, I think it’s fantastic that you remember so much from your youth! Nice 8, Debbie. 🙂

    1. Hi Teresa; Yes, I was pretty worldly and mature for my age. That’s what made me such a smart-ass, I guess. 😉 Boarding school was an unforgettable experience and the memories will always stay with me. Thanks for visiting!

    1. Hi Gemma; Yes and it sure didn’t take her very long! She really enjoyed the social interaction and the field trips. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

    1. Hi Sidney; Yes, Jennifer was very shy and had not been exposed to modern society, much. She really took to it, at the school! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

    1. Hi Sue; Yes, Jennifer was quite unique and had not been exposed to modern society. She certainly took a liking to it and blossomed! 🙂

  3. I love your description of Jennifer and how her upbringing shaped her. I’m glad to know that she sprouted her wings and became a social butterfly. 🙂 Nice eight!

    1. Hi Evelyn; Yes, Jennifer’s home didn’t even have a TV and she knew nothing about music either. She was pretty happy to be in this more stimulating environment. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  4. How fun. Having gone to boarding school (one quite religious), I can remember girls very much like Jennifer. This brought back some memories for me : )

    1. Hi Millie; Yes, there were so many interesting students there and Jennifer came from a completely different world. Enjoy your memories! 🙂 Boarding school was such a unique experience.

  5. I have a feeling Jennifer has quite the life journey ahead, especially with some of your classmates on hand to help educate her. Really a fascinating tale you weave, especially since it’s based on real-life experiences. Great snippet!

    1. Thanks Veronica! Glad you’re enjoying my memoirs. 🙂 Fortunately, there were some colourful characters and interesting situations. Cheers!

  6. Hope we’ll get a look at what brought Jennifer out of herself 🙂 I’m curious why your roommates were changed in January? Isn’t that the middle of the school year? If not, it makes more sense, but I don’t know a thing about boarding schools 😀

    1. Hi Marcia; Jennifer was a quick study and she took to “modern” life very well. 🙂
      The school year had three semesters and two breaks:
      1. Sept.-Dec.
      – two week Christmas break
      2. Jan.-Mar./Apr.
      -two week Easter break
      3. after Easter- end of Jun.
      It was a general policy to change roommates at the start of each semester, so we could get to know more students.
      Thanks for visiting and have a great week! 🙂

    1. Hi Charmaine; Yes, Jennifer was from another world, but she soon learned to adapt. 🙂 Glad you liked the description and thanks for visiting.

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