"Lollipops turn into cigarettes. The innocent
ones turn into sluts. Homework goes in the trash. Mobile phones are being used
in class. Detention becomes suspension. Soda becomes vodka. Bikes become cars.
Kisses turn into sex. Remember when getting high meant swinging on the
playground? When protection meant wearing a helmet? When the worst things you
could get from boys were cooties? Dad’s shoulders were the highest place on
earth and mum was your hero? Your worst enemies were your siblings. Race issues
were about who ran the fastest. War was only a card game. And the only drug you
knew was cough medicine. When wearing a skirt didn’t make you a slut. The most
pain you felt was when you skinned your knees, and goodbyes only meant until
tomorrow? And we couldn’t wait to grow up".