It’s my birthday next week and I was feeling a little nostalgic today and I was thinking about when I was young, and the world was playtime games, times tables and imaginary friends. Then I was reminded of the first few weeks in my secondary school 4 years ago. My headmaster told us all (aged 11) to write a letter to our 16-year-old selves. We did, and I will receive my letter in a year and a half. That’s when I will be 16.
I wanted to write a letter today that I will never receive. It will be to my 7-year-old self. At this point, I was still in my first primary school and I had lots of friends. I had no dog but I still had my cat. I was innocent and sweet but a true nerd at heart. I didn’t have any confidence at all! It was a good time, but I would never go back.
Dear Marli (aged 7)
How are you? How is primary school? If you were to join me now in secondary school, I know you would love it here, looks just like Hogwarts!
How are all your friends? Did you keep in contact with the girls who left? I’ll tell you a secret, you’re going to see them again in a few years.
Have a good think about what you want to do, it might help you out. I still don’t know. I think I will tell you another secret. In a few years you will find out about a special school, called a grammar school, and you are really going to want to go there. The best part is that you will. But you have to work very hard! You will love every moment of it. But don’t wish your time away! You will look back very fondly at these times.
Love mum and dad, don’t take them for granted. They will look after you. You look after them ok? You are beautiful and smart and you need to look after yourself. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Don’t talk to strangers, but you know the drill. Plus, you’re going to get a dog next year.
Love of love from your adoring older self,