The following entry hurts my heart. I was 14. I had just moved out of my childhood home into a new house and started high school in a matter of days. I didn't know how to cope with the stresses of adolescence and the changes taking place in my life. I began experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol, and pot. I was pretending not to care. It marked the end of my innocence and set the stage for turmoil to come:
September 7, 1993Dear
Diary,I started at St. Mary’s. I’ve met cool
people. Brady Lohrmann looks good. Gary is cute and so is Gill H. I’m in my new
house and writing to you here seems wrong. I miss home. I can’t live like this.
I don’t want to get used to these things.Here’s my problem list: I want to go
home, I want St. Mary’s to get better, I don’t know Erica R. anymore, I don’t
ever want to be with Oliver but I love him with all my heart, I miss John, I
can’t adjust to changes, Shelby and I are different, and worst of all, I’m mad
I got high three times this weekend.
Excerpt from Minor: Volume One The Journals of Meghan McDonnell
Novice: Volume Two The Journals of Meghan McDonnell
Limbo: Volume Three The Journals of Meghan McDonnell