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Turning Thirteen at Summer Camp

The year was 1956. It was dusk as Marsha followed the other two teens down the grassy hill to the badminton court. Marsha was just turning thirteen and wondered how she had been chosen at the staff meeting to join the two older counselors to plan evening program. She sat in the prickly grass wishing her short shorts were longer and looked at Marty and Zelda. These two counselors had rarely even noticed her before today. She was surprised they knew her name. Zelda was 14 and Marty at least 15. They were leaders in the "In Group" at camp. Marsha, a clumsy junior, was definitely "Out".

Yet somehow all three of them were down here in the badminton court,sprawled on the dry grass quietly watching the light fade on Lake Kalamalka. Soon it would be dark, time for evening program.Tonight they would be reenacting the Warsaw Uprising from World War ll.

"Stop doing that Marty," said Zelda, stretching her long smoothly shaved legs.

"Why? Does it make you hot?" asked Marty.

He was leaning over, pursing his fleshy lips and blowing into Zelda's ear. She tossed back her long dark hair.

"It tickles. Stop it I said." Zelda was giggling and shaking her head, Her shiny hair was brushing Marty's face. Zelda put on more bright red lipstick and smacked her lips.She wore a spotless white Camp Hatikvah T Shirt and her bra strap was showing.

Marsha had a new brasier but not much in it and she had lost her lipstick."Aren't we supposed to be planning the "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising?" she asked.

" Don't always be so serious Marsha. Benny will take care of the explosions and the smoke. We can just gather all the little kids to follow us for the escape through the sewers part. We'll crawl through the dry drainage ditch behind the dining hall."

"Is that all?" asked Marsha.

"Marty I told you to stop...." said Zelda.

"But...but Zelda wont we shoot at the Nazis?" said Marsha.

"We can skip that part." said Zelda.

Zelda was really not all that interested in planning evening program And while she kept telling Marty to stop, she was giggling. She didn't even try to push him away when he pretended to put his big hairy arm around her waist.

"I know six ways to make a girl hot,: he said.

"Tell me all six," said Zelda.

"I'll show you!" Marty was grinning and winking.

"No, stop it Marty." Zelda wiggled as Marty blew in her ear again and reached for her. She slapped him away.

" What's hot?' asked Marsha.

" What d'yuh mean?" asked Marty. "Are you joking?" He laughed.

" No I'm not joking. What does that mean-make a girl hot?"

They both laughed. "Don't you know?"

"No I don't."

"You must know," said Zelda searching for words, "Hot...turned on...umm...aroused."

"Hot like in the sunshine?"

"You're teasing us."

"No I'm not."

Zelda rolled her eyes.

"Tell me...Turned on... Turned on to what?"

"I'll show you," said Marty. He laughed as he reached his big hand towards her. Marsha jerked back quickly.

"Stop it Marty," said Zelda. She's still a child,still twelve. She really doesn't know."




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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Thanks for you encouraging comment Cheeky Girl. I am planning to develop this story on Website Examiner's site-Creative Fiction.

That site is more open re content, not so uptight re sex.Also members give more helpful critics, editing tips re format,style,themes etc.

Other people have also suggested I set up my own domain which may be an excellent idea, but I don't even know how to do that.And I am away hiking most of the next 2 months so will consider it later.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is a quite interesting subject and a good coming of age story in the making. As an owner of two websites with my own domains, I would gently suggest setting up your own blog or website to champion your own writing, perhaps away from Hubs, if you thought the writing might be affected by the rules here, etc. It's just a thought. Great hub. :)

That said, there are many ways you could approach your subject so as to make it more informative and educational, under certain conditions. But thinking of one's audience is important too.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Thanks for your kind comment kittythe dreamer. Thanks for encouraging me to write more on this story. But right now I am very busy rewriting my longish sci fi story Dal and Chandra, Last Life on Earth-Chapter 1,2,3 etc.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Cool concept for a story..unique and genuine. I'd love to hear more, though! Voted up and awesome.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Pamela99 you were correct this hub was deemed inappropriate content. I have edited it and changed the title to see if I can make it more acceptable.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many Thanks Will.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I should have also pointed out that your story is excellent, and well written!

All of us can relate to such experiences as teens, so your story is very relevant.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Thanks Will Star. It is a new concept for me that teens in hub pages not be associated with sex. I was a social worker for 30 years. I worked with a lot of depressed and suicidal teens,and pregnant teens.

Teens I worked with seemed obsessed with social status, self image, belonging and self esteem. I got very used to the swearing and flirting which was not a problem compared to drug abuse, aids, and suicidal depression.

In contrast this hub is about my naiive experiences in a safe invironment with healthy happy teens wealthy enough to go to summer camp.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Marsha,

No, your Hub is not risque at all, but anything dealing with sex and children may be frowned upon as 'child porn'. I realize that it is not nor did you intend it that way, but it may be taken that way.

We always seem to go overboard on this sort of thing to the point of outright censorship.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many Thanks for your comments Pamela99 and Will Star and mbtreat.

You may be right Pamela99, and hubpages may censor this story. I had not thought it was risqe, but maybe it is.

However if you read the story closely you will notice that there is no sex whatsoever $6 in the story. Just a lot of curiosity.

My memory is similar to Will's that there was a big taboo against actual sexual contact. But the teenagers were very very curious.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I have to agree with Will that your story of sexual curiosity of young children may be true but probably inappropriate content for Hubpages as they are quite strict as to what is considered acceptable.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The US social pressures in those days were to abstain. Most (or at least many) girls went to the altar as virgins, because they did not want a 'reputation'. Most of those who were not altar virgins had sex only with their fiancé, and even then, only after they were engaged.

The drive was still there of course, but there was a big taboo on 'going all the way', so most activity was limited to what was then called 'petting'.


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mbtreat 5 years ago

Oh to be so young and innocent again! We knew so little then especially if you were not into reading "True Romance" Good story.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many Thanks for your comment WillStarr-Yes we were very young back in 1956.

I am not at all happy about the sexualization of pre teens in styles,media etc. these days. But though we were not subject to so much media pressure in 1950s, we still had immense social pressure in those days.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Marsha,

While your story is certainly an accurate portrayal of the sexual curiosity of early and pre teens, it's liable to be frowned on precisely because they are so young.

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