Growing Up As A Girl Child In America: Part 2

I was forbidden from playing with my best friend — she ran away at age 14 and never came back

Amy Sterling Casil
Fourth Wave
Published in
7 min readMar 23, 2024

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Girl wearing pink top and white shorts with a pair of roller skates, waving at camera
Girl with skates by Yakobchuk Olena, licensed from Adobe Stock

Between third grade and seventh grade, my best friend was a slim, super-smart blonde girl named Cheryl.

Cheryl was always more “grown up” than me.

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Amy Sterling Casil
Fourth Wave

Over 500 million views and 5 million published words, top writer in health and social media. Author of 50 books, former exec, Nebula nominee.