Mary Sue Richards
By Mya Randolph
Artwork by Mackenzie Magaha
She was nine years old when, in 1957, her father James Richard told her and her sister Lynne that they would have to move to Japan for two years. When she got there, she could not understand anything, but after a little time, she learned how to say Hi, Thank you, and Bye, and she learned some songs. She could count to 20 in Japanese. When she was in fifth grade, she went to a military school in Japan because she could not speak Japanese. She made a friend named Lailane, and they were the best of friends. Lailane was a military child as well. Before my grandmother knew it, two years had passed, and she had to move again.
This time, they moved to Germany. In 1960, when she was 12 years old, her dad said they would be there for two years, like in Japan. When she got there, it was hard, just like being in Japan because she had to meet new friends and know a new language again. And then, after being in Germany for two weeks, her older sister left to finish college. While in Germany, her dad and she went around the whole town to see everything, including the cool Christmas markets and the cobblestone streets. When she was there in Germany, she went to a military school just like in Japan, and she made a friend named Kate, who was just like my grandmother.
When summer came, they went to pick up her sister from college at The American University in Washington, D.C. From there, they traveled to LeHavre, a town in France, for three months, and then to Italy for two weeks. It was beautiful there, and my grandmother loved the accents. From Italy, they went to Switzerland for two weeks, and the best thing there was the waterfalls everywhere.
Soon, they returned to Washington, taking Lynne back to college and my grandmother returning to her old school. She loved being around the world, but nothing was better than her home. She will always miss her international friends, but it is okay because 52 years later, she lives in Poolesville with her daughter and her granddaughters, including me. Every day, though, she remembers how fun it was to be all around the world.
Sixth grader Mya Randolph, John Poole Middle School, Montgomery County, has been writing stories since she was in first grade. Sixth grader Mackenzie Magaha, also of John Poole Middle School, Montgomery County, created the illustration. She loves to play basketball.”