100-Word Memoir

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“Spell, Rhinoceros.” Mrs. Trent said. I wrote the first five letters.

R-H-I-N-O.

But was it C or S that came next? I tried to remember the flashcards that I had studied the night before. I squeezed my eyes shut but couldn’t bring forth the image of the word on the card. I needed to see it in front of me to tell if it looked right or wrong.

I used my thumb to trace the letters onto my index finger. If I practiced the word on my skin, Mrs. Trent couldn’t think I was copying off my neighbors’ paper.

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