Via from 'WONDER' recounts her life with Auggie in this visual re-telling of some of the acclaimed novel's chapters. By Amelia Cahill, 1D.
August is the sun. Me and Mom and Dad are planets orbiting the sun. The rest of our family and friends are asteroids and comets floating around the planets orbiting the sun.
Mom and Dad would always say I was the most understanding little girl in the world. I'm not so sure about that.
It's never been anything like what August has gone through.
But the universe is changing, and planets are falling out of alignment.
When Mom or Dad ask me how things are going in school, I've Always said good, even if it's not so good.
I'm used to the way this universe works. I've never minded it because it's all I've ever known.
I honestly don't remember my life before August came into it. I look at pictures of me as a baby, and see Mom and Dad smiling so happily, holding me. Dad was this Hipster dude and Mom was this cute Brazillian Fashionista.
You can see in that picture how I really was the first child, the first grandchild, the first niece.I don't remember what it felt like, of course, but I can see it plain as can be in the pictures.
There's one shot of me at my third birthday.
I don't remember the day they brought August home from the hospital. I don't remember what I said or did when I saw him for the first time, though everyone has a story about it.
That was the name of a doll Grans had given me when Mom was pregnant so I could 'practice' being a big sister
After my initial reaction to August, it only took a few minutes (according to Grans), or a few days (according to Mom) before I was all over him.
I just looked at him for a long time without saying anything, and then finally said, "He doesn't look like Lilly!
I had carried it everywhere for months, changing its diaper, feeding it.
I never so much as touched or mentioned Lily after that.
I'd just get mad. Mad when they stared. Mad when they looked away. "What the heck are you looking at?!" I'd say to people
I never used to see August the way other people saw him.
I knew he didn't look exactly normal, but I really didmn't understand why strangers seemed so shocked when they saw him.
-Even grown ups.
Grans was one of those grandmothers who do everything with their grandkids. She'd run into the ocean If I asked her to, even if she had nice clothes on.
Then, when I was about Eleven, I went to stay with Grans in Montauk for 4 weeks while Auggie was having his big jaw surgery.
I told her that I wished I could live with her forever. I was so happy there. I think it might have been the best time in my life
And I have to say it was so amazing to suddenly be free of all that stuff that made me mad.
Coming home after 4 weeks felt very strange at first. I remember vividly stepping through the door and seeing August running over to welcome me home.
It had opened a door for me, a peephole. And on that other side of the peephole there was two Augusts.
Horrified, sickened, scared.
For a moment I saw him not like the way I used to see him, but the way other people see him. And suddenly, there I was, like all of those people who would stare or look away.
The one I saw blindly, and the one other people saw.