Addison Riecke: Cathy's Diary Entry 3



This week, we are looking for chemistry in real life. Lighting a match, baking a cake, eating a meal: it’s all around us. We’re surrounded by reactions. Two separate entities, mixing and combining to create something new. Who knows what will happen?

Take my friendship with Jo, for instance. Less than a year ago, I hardly knew her, and I never got in trouble. I was used to staying on the side where I belonged, with Alice, Lawrence, frilly dresses, and staying in the good graces of my parents. Now, here I am, having been called to the principal’s office. And lying about it. You would think I’d feel bad about it, but I don’t. When I mix with Jo, I become someone new. Someone brave, courageous, and loyal.

I wish I could have had more courage tonight. Dwight came over to do our chemistry project, and we were having fun. We may be from different worlds, but hanging out with him feels just like being with Jo or Junior. It reminds me of the carefree parts of myself. It’s just easy.

Of course, nothing is easy when my parents get involved. When they told Dwight to leave, I just felt so flustered. Dwight said it was fine, but it wasn’t. There I was, trapped between two worlds, embarrassed by my family once again. Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard I try to change, there are parts of my chemical makeup that never will. My family will never be the people I want them to be. I just hope I can be the person I want to be, despite it all.

I know that chemistry is unpredictable, and you never know how two things may react. Still, I hope Dwight gives me another chance. After all, our cake isn’t perfect yet.