Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Sam Bell is an associate professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She is the author of two textbooks, Beyond the Blank Pages and Ink & Edit: Making Research Matter in Writing and in Life.
I was six years old when I became aware that death was something that would happen to me. I was in the car with my mom, in the backseat because she followed the rules, and we were on our way home from the grocery store.