I enjoyed reading about your walk down the memory lane particularly because of the details you've provided about how you spent time during that time of stifling peace. I also liked the differentiation you made between the theme of your writings during preteens and during your teenage years.
I smiled when I read about your mother carrying your poems in a folder to show them to your teacher. Such parents may embarrass you but are a blessing to have.
Now I'll take some time to reminisce my summer vacations during the 90s.