A Fresh Start
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
― L.M. Montgomery
“Five! Four! Three! Two! One! Happy New Year!” Everyone exclaimed, and just cue, there were fireworks exploding in the distance. People below us, on the front steps of Kaitekina greeted each other again. My family was on the balcony of one of the apartments on the 16th floor.
We were in Bangkok, and we would be arriving back in Hanoi in a few hours (since it was twelve A.M.), but we still stayed up late.
“So, New Year’s Resolutions, kids?” Mom asked behind Eleanor (my older sister) and I.
Boom! Crack!
“Work on writing stories, for sure.” I said and looked up at Mom, who was smiling. “Good. You keep doing that,” she told me. “My little author.” I walked into the apartment to get some tangerine juice.
“You know, this year’s gonna be better than the last!” Eleanor told me. I said, “Cool. Are you going to improve your singing skills?”
“Hopefully,” Eleanor responded. “Anyways, go outside — there’s a firecracker show all around us!”
Eleanor ran out the balcony again when a high shioooo went in our ears. I thought for a moment. What I said to Mom might’ve not been true, because there would be more I needed to work on.
Maybe work on writing longer stories?
“Heh.” I snickered to myself. No way... Last year I broke my collarbone.
What else would I mess up?
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