by Patricia McGoldrick

seventeenth year
marks a pivotal moment
teen springs to summer

 2017 Patricia McGoldrick

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: My yearbook photo, Grade 12.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My Seventeeth Summer! When I turned 17, all was well with the world — for half of the year, that is! I was in Grade 11, with school going well, lots of fun with friends and, overall, a good time, until a fateful day in June. Just after classes ended, summer vacation was starting, an unfamiliar car drove into the laneway on my parents’ farm. Two “suits” got out and proceeded to turn my world upside down. Apparently, according to this principal and vice principal duo from a local school, boundaries had changed, My younger sister and I would be required to switch to a different high school in the new school year, starting Grades 10 and 12, respectively. This momentous change was mandated in the 70s, prior to the Internet, cell phones, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. For us, in rural Ontario, Canada, even landline phones were regulated to a short calling distance. All of our friends would be considered in the long-distance range! My seventeenth summer dragged on until the day after Labour Day when my sister and I entered the enormous new school. With fear and trepidation, somehow we found our homeroom lists in the gym, and turned to walk in different directions towards the future. By the end of the first week, I am happy to share that my sister and I had learned the lay of the land in the gigantic new school setting and made a lot of new friends. Not sure, but this life event might have been the reason for my adopting”The Road Not Taken” as my favourite poem. Ironically, long after my seventeenth summer, I met a man from Montreal (future husband) whose yearbook bio listed a life-inspiring quote from a certain American poet’s Road poem. Guess who!

© 2017 Patricia McGoldrick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Patricia McGoldrick is a Kitchener, Ontario, Canada poet/writer who is inspired by the everyday. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the League of Canadian Poets. Recent publications include poems at this link, the Silver Birch Press “My Prized Possession” Series, an essay titled “Secrets and Clues and Mysteries, Oh My!” in The Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016), and a poem entitled “Simple Is Best” at Red Wolf Journal.