Annie LeBlanc: Rhyme's Diary Reboot Entry 2
In the past year, I’ve learned that I can’t stop change from happening. I couldn’t stop the Chicken Girls from growing up, I couldn’t stop T.K. from moving away, and I couldn’t stop Birdie from going down her own path. Even if I wish for things to stay the same, they’re going to keep moving forward. It’s easier just to roll with the tide.
But, sometimes you have to do the thing that isn’t so easy. Like how I’ve somehow ended up taking a stand against Home Ec. The more I worked on the flour baby project, the more I thought about how ridiculous it was. The world is modern, and learning about sewing just feels so old-fashioned and backwards. Classes like that make me realize that change is a good thing sometimes. It just doesn’t feel that way when it’s happening to you.
I can’t believe Kayla is moving. I feel so sad about her and her dad being sick. I know she’ll just be over in Crown Lake, but it won’t be the same without seeing her at school every day. It feels like just yesterday that Kayla was new to the Chicken Girls, but it also feels like she’s been a part of our girl gang for years. I keep feeling my charm bracelet jingle against my wrist and remembering all the good times. Thinking about those memories - dance team, starting high school, sleepovers - it makes me feel so nostalgic.
I can’t control the world from changing around me, but I can stand up for what I believe in. That’s why I told Ezra that he needs to clarify if he only cared about me over spring break - and if not, why he ghosted me afterward. It’s why I need to accept that Kayla is leaving, even if I’d rather ignore it. And it’s why I needed to write that essay for Home Ec.
Now, if only T.K. would write back, and if only Harmony would stop prying into my personal life. Like everything else, I’ll have to leave it up to the universe. Wish me luck!