The Spinning Dress
dedicated to Mom
Author's Introduction: Going to college is a big transition. It's a world without parents! In high-school, this seems ideal. You want nothing more than what you consider freedom. Then it hits you that in a world without parents, you are the adult and need to be responsible. You realize that you had freedom all along- to explore, play, and imagine. I named this book "The Spinning Dress" in honor of those memories I have of being a kid. My mom made a dress up box for my three sisters and I and filled it with her old dresses. Our favorites were the ones that bloomed when we twirled. And we called this phenomenon—The Spinning Dress. —Courtney Gerk
Courtney Gerk is a nursing major and in the Honor's Program at Millikin. Once she becomes a nurse, she hopes to work in the labor and delivery floor at a hospital.
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