That’s a long time, I know. I’ve kept a few things over the years as well. For instance, I believe it was in the first grade that I wrote and illustrated a short “book” about a family trip to Pennsylvania – when we went to visit my grandparents during summer vacation.
I did a lot of writing in junior high, and still have copies of poems, a story called the Old Shaw House, and I even created my own magazine.
And during adult ed, as I was finishing up my diploma when the girls were little, I used to write personal essays for extra credit. Mrs. Baker, the English teacher, thought they were very good. She was very encouraging in regards to my writing.
So you see, I really do love to write and I’ve been doing it to some extent since I was little. And these writings weren’t even all of what I did. They’re just what I ended up keeping.
I’ll likely share more memories regarding the writings above in the future.