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I was in kindergarten, and the teachers said we don’t have enough space.
So I came home with my parents and I brought a dollhouse, and it was like a miniature version of the classroom.
I had a little dresser that had a few little dolls, so I could put the dollhouse in and I would put my backpack and I’d be like, “Let’s go do this.”
I had a big, old wooden table that I used for making dolls.
And I would sit there and I could play with my dolls, and then I would go out and do the schoolwork.
I’d go to the library, and I used to bring my books to the bookshelves, so when I went to the book store I would just put my books there and pick them up.
But I had this little wooden table with dolls that I would make dolls from, and so when the teachers came home, I had some dolls.
And so I took it with me everywhere.
It was always, “We don’t even have enough room, and we can’t play with the dolls anymore.”
So I went back and I made dolls out of my toys.
And so I had these dolls that were really cute, and they were my friends, and my sister and my cousins, and everybody would come over and play with them.
And then they would go to school and then go home.
But my teachers always say, “Do you want to go to a different school?” and they’d say, “‘No, you should go to our school.'”
So I was always like, why don’t I go to this school and play around with these dolls, get a little bit of free time, get some free books and have a little time.
And I always had a friend that was a teacher that was my teacher.
So he came home and I was like, this is not what I wanted to do.
So I took a look at all of my friends and I said, “Why don’t we just make a doll house for my sister?
And then I made a little dollhouse for her and then we did a lot of homework together.”
So we made dolls together and I got to play with all the dolls.
So then I was playing with my sister, and she was just so cute and all these little toys and things.
So we had this doll house in my room that we were just making dolls, then I started playing with the other dolls, because my teacher was also playing with these toys.
I started to do my homework and I really started to love it, because I was just enjoying my time with my friends.
And it was just great.
So then I went home and we did our homework and then it was my turn to go home, and there was a bunch of teachers that were like, you have to stay home with your sister.
So my mom had to go back to work, and that was the last time that I went outside.
So that was really my introduction to being a little child.
And then in my second year, I started to really understand my life.
So in my third year, when I was about six years old, I was in the hospital.
And my mom was in and out of the hospital, so my mom wasn’t really around for a lot.
But we had some time, and at some point my mom and I went out to lunch.
And that’s when I first heard the news that my dad was diagnosed with cancer.
So when my mom got up, she didn’t want to have to leave.
She just wanted to go outside.
And we walked down the street to the park.
And there was like this giant tree that was about 30 feet high, and when I came back up, there were two or three people in the middle of the park that were just playing.
And my mom just was like “Oh, it’s okay, it was fun to come out here.”
And I was thinking, “No, it wasn’t fun to walk outside.
I wanted them to be around me.”
So that’s the last year that I was outside.
It just felt like I was going through this whole process of being on my own, and really, my mother didn’t know how to interact with other people.
So, at this time, I would come home from school and I wouldn’t even go to my room.
I would be like my mom wouldn’t allow me to sit down.
And she would just sit there.
And she would look at me like, I’m not a child anymore, and just just sit on the floor.
And they would be in their room, but they wouldn’t interact with me. And for me