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74. Her 10th Birthday
It was Emily’s 10th birthday. She was 10
old. She was so happy. “I’m so happy,”
said. “I’m finally 10. Ten is two numbers.
is an adult number. Ten is a grown-up
. I’m an adult now. I’m a grown-up. I
to be nine. Nine is a kid number.
is for kids. I’m not a kid anymore.”
sister Irene said, “Of course you’re still a
. Teenagers are kids. You’re not even a teenager
. You’re in fifth grade. Fifth grade is for
. Twelfth grade is for kids, too. When you
18, you will be in twelfth grade. You
still be a kid. You will be a
for eight more years.” Emily said, “No, you’re
kid. You’re only seven. Seven is a kid.”
said she wasn’t seven. She said she was
and a half.