Military Brats

Military Brat 3

My seventh school

The sea of strangers surrounds me

I introduce myself to a girl in the lunch queue

“Why did you join in the middle of the year?”

I tell her my parents are in the navy.


She says, her face calculating.

“You’re one of those.”


Mother’s eyes are stone.

“Later, I’ll inspect your room.”

Look down, nod. “Yes, ma’am.”


Every night, we watch the news.

The war footage is hellish and with every death they announce a fresh terror seizes me.

I keep checking the photos, but it’s never my Father.

Relief fills me… but then I feel guilty;

Somewhere in the world a family is mourning.

What right do I have to feel relieved?

The news theme tune is the soundtrack to my nightmares.

The cycle never ends.



Yes, I know I may have (accidently) copied this idea from MushroomGalore, but I bet she doesn’t have a word document with fifteen pages of quotes. (Ha, beat that!) Anyway. Some quotes to liven up your day.

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 “According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms and four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” -Greek Mythology

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” -Friedrich Nietzshe

Alice: From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I have been told what I must do and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched and stuffed in a teapot. I have been accused of being Alice and not being Alice, but this is my dream. I’ll decide where it goes from here… I make the path!” -Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

“They should tell you when you’re born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.” -Gabrielle Zevin

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trails.” -Chinese Proverb

“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” -Unknown

Tricky Riddles

A cop was walking past a restaurant when he heard someone scream- “No, John, not the gun!” He ran inside and saw a doctor, a lawyer, a milkman and a dead body lying on the floor. He promptly walked over to the milkman and arrested him. He didn’t witness the shooting, there was no apparent evidence to prove who shot the person, and nobody told him who the killer was. So how did the policeman instantly know it was the milkman?


An explorer was captured by a tribe whose chief decided that really, the man should die. However, the chief was a reasonable man and gave the explorer a choice: the explorer was to make a single statement. If it was true, he would be thrown off a high cliff. If it was false, he would be eaten by lions. What clever statement did the explorer make that forced the chief to let him go?


A man walks into a bar and asks the bar-tender for a drink of water. The bar-tender reaches under the bar and produces a gun and aims it at the man. The man says, “Thank you,” and leaves. What happened?

-Solved by Rosie

The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding was amazing. Kate Middleton was wearing such a beautiful dress; and she was so brave, with all those millions of people watching her. The Abbey was spectacular, and the trees that lined the aisle looked very pretty. The carriages where so old and ornate. All the horses where lovely, a really nice touch in a modern world. Basically- I thought that the Royal Wedding was amazing!


Whew! Today was the hottest so far, with 28 degrees at midday. Hot weather is a mixed blessing- I mean, obviously, its lovley when the sun is shining and the sky is cloudless! But walking home when it’s this hot is disgusting. I came home and dived straight into the shower. Also, my school uniform isn’t exactly designed for hot weather. The (dark blue!) polo shirt is made of synthetic material, plus the black trousers we have to wear.

I wish it was spring again…


Do adults dream less than kids? If they do, why? Maybe adults don’t have enough imagination. Maybe adults aren’t innocent like children are. Maybe adults are just too busy! Who knows.

I think that dreams are where your subconscious takes over and mucks about. I mean, you spend your entire day conscious and meanwhile your subconscious is dormant, doing not very much. So when you fall asleep and are unconscious then it takes over.

I dream about the strangest things. I have been in the Amazon Rainforest, living in a wooden hut over a boggy swamp. Angelina Jolie has been my big sister. Whist at school, I’ve been sucked into a tornado. I’ve been in the future, surrounded by metal and robots. I have flown around the Houses of Parliment. I’ve also died quite a few times!

Have you ever noticed that you forget dreams really quickly? I have, and so I started a Dream Diary. When I wake up, I scribble down what I can remember.


If you lived in a perfect world- one with no war, no disease, no pain- what would it be like? Would every single person be perfect, too? Would everybody be perfect at everything… and if so, what would be the point in living? You live to learn. You learn to talk, to walk, to write. Then you go to school and learn more. When you’re at Uni, you learn about law or medicine or phycology. If you are born perfect, knowing all, then what would be the point?

And what about death? In a perfect world, would nobody ever die? But that would lead to overpopulation. So maybe you wouldn’t be able to have children. For many people that would be heaven… but for many more than would be their worst nightmare.

To be honest, I think a perfect world would be BORING. If there was no room for improvement- what would you live for?

Earth from Space

This picture was taken by an astronaut. He is in a space station, observing Earth from space. I love this picture. The sun is shining brightly, and down on Earth you can see a hurricane twisting the clouds. I don’t want to sound slushy… but isn’t nature beautiful?

This is Europe. You are looking at France and a little of England. There is a fog drifting over the west, blurring the street lights. London is one of the largest group of lights. Can you see the greeny Northen Lights? If you can see them from space, just imagine what they would look like if they where in the sky above you!


One fine day in the middle of the night,

Two dead men got up to fight.

Back to back they faced each other

Drew their swords and shot each other.


I love this poem! I can’t remember where I first heard it but its still brilliant. It’s nonsensical, which basically means it makes no sense at all. I love it when things don’t make sense- like the ‘Jabberwocky’ poem by Lewis Carrol. I also really like poems that I don’t understand.

Funny Pictures


“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

“My soul is in the sky.”

You should know that one of my biggest obsessions is flight. I yearn to fly, twisting in and out of the clouds, with the wind singing in my ears and my hair streaming behind me… To be so high up that people are no larger than ants. Flight is absolute freedom.

And because humans cannot fly- my obsession is all the stronger.


There is no such thing as normal. Everyone is different. Even identical twins have different interests. Normal doesn’t apply. What is normal, anyway? It’s following the crowd, acting like everyone else, part of the majority. To be normal is to have no opinion, no style, no individualism.

Who wants to be normal!? I would rather find ways to purposely be myself than to try to blend in. I would rather set a new trend than be a slave to an old one. I would rather make my own path than follow the safe one!


Welcome to my blog! My name is Tanitha Smith, and I am a teenager living in south-west England. I wear glasses and have brown-blonde hair. My favorite sound is rain, and I am an avid reader- my favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction and (well, I am a teenage girl!) romance.

I made this blog so that adults (and other teenagers) would view an insight into a teenagers mind. I will write down my views, thoughts and ideas. The main thing I use it for is to get feedback on my stories and as time has gone by all my followers and friends have become a motivator to keep me writing. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment!

-Tanitha Smith


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