From the September 2017 magazine.

Secret stash

She kept the answer to her school fears hidden in her locker—a jar of 90-proof liquid courage

There’s nothing more empowering than having a jar of 90-proof clear liquid in your locker at school. A mere 10 ounces of courage was all it took to allow me to pass through the halls, nod at classmates and face the terror of being the new kid one more time.

I had long before resigned myself to my father’s military career, which would ultimately place me in 14 different schools before I graduated from high school. School was never the problem. I could do school. It was the people inside the school, particularly the authority figures, who I took issue with. One bottle of “buzz” was just the thing to make any day a holiday.

-- Roxane R.

Valley Center, California, USA

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