Thanks, everyone, for your responses to the last post. I got LOTS of good suggestions, although I don't think I'll end up having my fifth-grade girl character wish for armpit hair. Thanks anyway, Alec.
Just back from AZ where I saw my great friend Annette Rogers, who was my editor at Utah Holiday lo those many years ago. She taught me everything I know about writing for magazines and newspapers. We had a lovely time sniffing orange blossoms and reveling in the desert sun. We did some important eating, too, including great Mexican and a salad featuring heirloom tomatoes, which are allegedly in season down south.
Now. Back to my real life. And oh yeah. SNOW.