High Xpectations
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High Xpectations

Germany: Imaginary Friends

Autobiographical slice of time

Two young girls with flowers in their hair.
Jonica on right wearing necklace from Erik. Photo by Thomas Meyer with permission.

When I was nine, we moved to Germany. Mom had remarried and Papa is German. He got a job in Germany so we went with him. Nine months later mom had a baby, Stefan. Fifteen months later she had another baby, Alexander, whom we call Shandi.

I was alone a lot. I started German Public School. Fourth grade. I spoke no German. I knew one sentence…

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