A Memoir

“Mean Girl?”

2nd Saturday Prompt: childhood memory

Ann Marie Steele
Scrittura
Published in
4 min readJun 15, 2024

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Image of four teenage girls laughing and giggling. All are donning pretty white dresses.
Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash

Let’s just call her “Meryl.”

Not only because I can’t, for the life of me, recall her name, but this high school junior bore a striking resemblance to the multi-Oscar-winning 80’s and 90’s phenom, Meryl Streep — think The Devil Wears Prada, Kramer vs. Kramer, or Sophie’s Choice.

1982 was the time — Canyon del Oro High School, Home of the Dorados, situated smack in the middle of Tucson, Arizona, was the place. Well, to be more specific, the CDO lunchroom.

I never thought that I was a “mean girl,” but in retelling this story, maybe I was.

Although a top student and excelled at many sports, I was also painfully shy and socially awkward. But being a twin, and identical one to boot, offset this. For instance, when moving to a new school, and believe me, this was a frequent occurrence as I attended nine different ones before graduating, I always had a “built-in” best friend who also directed my social life — my sister Beth.

So, when my family made its trek from the Colorado Rockies to the Arizona desert, I had a chance to reinvent myself — again. Out with the nerdy and shy, goody-two-shoe, never-let-my-classmates-copy-my-math homework Ann. In with the new.

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Ann Marie Steele
Scrittura

I write about love and loss, what I observe and experience — I write about hope. My writing has been described as resiliently defiant.