To 11 year old me...
Don’t trust anyone, that doesn’t mean don’t make friends, it means don’t put you eggs in ANYONES basket. Protect Hattie with all you’ve got and be there whenever she needs you, never let her see you cry. Be bold, never, not for one moment let anyone make you feel like nothing, invisible, dirty or wrong, you are more than that, stand your ground with all you’ve got! If they knock you down GET BACK UP! You won’t be able to fix everyone so don’t try to, settle for being a rock they can cling to in times of turbulence, never set yourself up for failure. Keep yourself busy - don’t stop for one moment, you’re doing ok and you WILL be ok. If you’re tired pick yourself up and carry on - life is an egg and spoon race, be the winner.
Take it from me, you’ve got some awful and trying times ahead and nothing in this world could prepare you for them but I know you’ll have one thing that will get you through them and you’ll have to work for him but I know he’ll never let you down, DON’T LET HIM DOWN! You’ll make it through with war wounds to show for it and I promise one day you’ll be grateful for each and every one, they’ve made you who you are.
Finally, speak the truth even if your voice shakes.
You’ll be ok