I love what many of you shared in the comment box on Friday. It's interesting to note the different phases of our lives during which someone spoke "good stuff" to our writer selves. Most intriguing are those early life touches--the ones we don't think about at the time, but that prove to be strong seeds that grow over the years.
Like my third grade teacher, whom I mentioned on Friday. She's the one who pursued getting me interviewed by the local paper, which developed into a full-spread article, complete with a (rather large) photo of wee Authoress wielding a pen (and rather stylish V-neck vest) and several of my poems and drawings.
Wanna read it?
(And since I'm all anonymous and everything, I can't give proper credit to the newspaper or the journalist. I do not, however, take credit for the following, and once I unveil I will come back and fill in the deleted bits. I promise!)
TINY AUTHOR'S WORK SENSITIVE, BUT LIVELY
A little girl who transforms her daydreams into sophisticated poetry and song is Tiny Authoress, 8.
A 3rd-grade pupil at [deleted] School, [deleted], she has composed a book of poems and stories which will be placed in the school library. The typewritten pages carry her own crayon illustrations.
The slight, blonde-haired, blue-eyed author sank limply into the depths of her rocker. "I told my teacher, I'm drained - simply drained," she said with a theatrical sigh.
Gauging the effect upon her listeners, she began to giggle. The chair's movement accelerated to a brisk tempo as she told what fun it is to write and draw and paint.
Filled With Creations
The third floor of her [deleted] home is filled with Tiny Authoress's creations. Drawings adorn the playroom bulletin board. Liquid crayons, pen, ink and paper stand ready near the kitchen table where she works. Much of her time is spent there, or at the piano, where she makes up songs.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Authoress, she has been writing and illustrating at home for two years. "But it's her teacher, [deleted], who has been the greatest encouragement," her mother said. "Tiny Authoress began to work seriously this fall."
Not every hour of the little girl's day is filled with earnest pursuits. Her favorite day is Saturday when she and her sister [deleted], 5, give their fancies full rein. "The best time of all is about 2 in the afternoon," the young author said with a smile. "Then we play dress up."
Tiny Authoress also enjoys interests of most girls her age. She rides a two-wheeled bicycle with friends in the neighborhood and goes to Brownie meetings with schoolmates. Recently, she began reading the Nancy Drew mystery series. In school her favorite subject is art.
"She earns excellent grades," said her father, a mail carrier with the [deleted] post office.
Describing Tiny Authoress's work, Miss [deleted] writes, "Her thoughts are sensitive, spontaneous and beautiful. Even when writing stories she injects a mature poetic thought. Her form and imagery are those that even ... a `seasoned school teacher' like myself do envy."