My name is Amelia Bystry, and many of you know me from my previous columns in the BCR. I have been writing for the paper since I was 11 but recently took a little break. I have come back with a new format to my columns, and I hope you enjoy them. I am super excited to try something new for awhile.
The title of my columns is “This, that ... and the odder.” I chose this because I will be writing about different things that happen in my life each time and a lot about my family and the funny things they do. That is where the “odd” part comes in.
For those of you who haven’t read my columns in the past, and for those who need a little update because it is hard to keep up with my crazy family, let me introduce them to you.
Patience is the baby of the family; she recently turned 2 on March 2. She loves to copy everyone around her. Her favorite thing is to copy my mom yelling at us. When she does this, you can’t understand anything that she is saying, but it is quite obvious with her screaming, dirty looks and pointing finger that she is mad at you.
Faustina, 6, sings like an angel and acts like the devil. OK ... that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she is a challenge. She is a huge instigator in our family. But anyone who meets Faustina falls in love with her. She has beautiful brown eyes and has a great sense of fashion, so she is always dressed in something that will call attention to her. People always ask if they can take her home with them, which gets her all excited, but they never actually do. About a year ago she was aggressively searching for a family to adopt her, but she wanted to wait until after our vacation. I guess it fell through because she is still with us.
Simeon, 8, is constantly moving, talking and coloring. He can never hide from anyone because he never stops making noise — on and off the piano. He is obsessed with coloring, and wherever he goes, he has to bring a 15-pound box of coloring books, crayons and pencils. He won’t color without perfectly sharpened pencils, so this means he has five sharpeners in his box. He also carries around this little garbage can for his pencil shavings. This is great, except it spills all the time. It spilled on Patience one day, and the shavings got into her tights and were irritating her skin. She cried until we finally took off all her clothes.
Milo, 11, is the shy and quiet one of the family, at least out in public. When he is home, he shows his true colors. We have all learned not to make him mad. He is the only one of the kids who isn’t interested in music. Milo has is a blue belt in karate, likes making movies with his Lego figures using his iPod and likes listening to books on his MP3 player.
Justus, 13, loves to hunt and got his first doe and an 8-point buck last year. He plays the guitar and piano. He has recently discovered the charms of teenage girls and now spends lots of time in front of the mirror just in case he might see one.
My mom and dad are Rachel and Jeff, and obviously they love having kids. This is one of the many things that makes us odd and unusual. My dad works for Advanced Asphalt, and my mom stays home — all day, everyday, putting up with our crazy personalities. I will include some stories about them in a future column.
Last but not least, I am 14, almost 15, and would be a freshman in high school if I wasn’t home-schooled. I love to play the piano, and right now, my favorite composer is Chopin. I work a few hours a week as a waitress at 4&20 Cafe in Princeton. I have a blast doing this because I get to meet lots of interesting people.
I am really excited about the new format for my columns and I hope you enjoy them. I look forward to sharing my odd stories with you in the future.
Amelia Bystry, 14, resides in rural Princeton. You can contact Amelia firstname.lastname@example.org.