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7. Moving to Arizona
Jerry was seventeen when his family decided to
out their apartment in the city of Riverdale.
had lived there for nearly ten years. In
ten years, Jerry had made dozens of friends
around the city. He didn't understand why they
to move. Jerry wished he could stay behind
his family left to Arizona. He knew things
't ever going to be the same if he
"Why do we have to move?"
would ask, sounding depressed. His parents had answered
question countless times already. Despite knowing the answer,
was reluctant to believe it, so he kept
. "Why do we have to move?" Jerry asked
after time. The simple truth was that Jerry
his family just could not afford to live
Riverdale any longer. It was hard for Jerry
accept that truth.
On the day before the
, Jerry walked around the familiar places in Riverdale.
walked passing the oak tree where he first
a girl. He walked past the corner mini-market
he would bring back milk every Sunday. He
by his high school where he had learned
discovered his love of math and science.
on the doors of friends' houses to say
final goodbye. "Good bye, Tom," Jerry told his
friend. "Goodbye Jane," Jerry told his girlfriend. The
fell when Jerry finally finished bidding his farewells
everybody he knew. "Goodbye, Riverdale," Jerry said, looking
his bedroom window as he went to sleep.
night, Jerry dreamed of moving to Arizona and
friends on the first day there. Everything in
seemed great in his dream. The following morning
he awoke, Jerry no longer felt so bad
moving. "Everything is going to be all right,"
said to himself as he stepped into the
van on his way to Arizona.