Graduate from highschool. Decide that highschool wasn’t really important anyways and hide your yearbooks in the cardboard box underneath your single-person bed. Spend the first days of summer vacation cleaning your room and leaving six garbage bags outside for the recycling truck. Then give your photo albums to your mom so you can resist the urge to pull out your purple scissors and cut out the faces of all your so-called friends. Paint your nails pink and organize your jewelry box.
Phone people a lot to keep in touch. Leave detailed messages with parents and answering machines. Nobody returns your phone-calls. Decide to go to the library on a Tuesday. Your authors include Emerson, Thoreau and some LM Alcott. The library is air-conditioned. You see people studying for summer school classes. You ignore that sad feeling inside. Head over to the mall and buy yourself a bubbletea. Coconut or Almond flavor, you say, wondering why anyone who ever agree to wear that blazing shade of yellow for a t-shirt.
Philosophize about life a lot. At night you sit in your backyard in your tacky blue lawn chair and watch the stars come out. You think about existence and your role in the universe. Meanwhile the skies become so full of stars that just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more room you see another one twinkling. You get scared and start thinking about your future. Think about suicide. You go back inside the house and watch Clueless for the seventh time.
Your parents start fighting more than usual. You go biking longer than usual. See people from your highschool and ignore them. Meet furry cats and interesting specimens of insects. Boys in blue jeans or corded shorts watch you go by with blank uninteresting eyes in groups of two and threes. Think about that guy you used to be in love with a lot and wonder who’s he kissing now. His last girlfriend had curly brown hair and big eyes. Decide you dislike her. You narrowly avoid collision with a truck at an intersection while daydreaming about her with no hair.
You meet Pat the Bunny. Learn Japanese phrases and words. During the day you spend all of your time at a friend’s house. At night you spend all your time on the phone with the same friend. Visit Chinatown and Granville Island and find the most beautiful wooden bed in the entire world. You want to buy that bed. You look at the price tag and decide to buy it when you get a job. Your friend opens up to you a lot. Your conversations last until midnight or 1am. Talk about personal stuff. You start thinking of her as your best friend.
You look at the calendar one day and realize summer is almost over. Start thinking about college and the campus. You wonder if this will be better than highschool. Decide to think about it later.