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An April Wonder
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-01-2004 at 05:25:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
An April Wonder

I have recently received a very nice note of encouragement from a marvelous lady. And, an idea to think about.
When I was a kid I got into just going through the city school doors; in the front, out the back. I graduated HS on a handicraft bribe. But all that is another story. In between the city schools there was one lovely little one roomed country school. Here an unqualified Normal educated city school teacher got me to read. Her encouragement I got all the way through “Dick and Jane” by eighth grade and some into Charlotte’s Web,
I sat through all my HS classes. A’s in math and the art and design, wood shops, sciences I managed C’s. English was E’s and incompletes. But I sat in these classes. This where my folks wanted me. Anything I picked up here was better than nothing. AND, it was.
When I wanted to write something for my kids and their kids, it tried putting words on paper. It didn’t work. My wanting to leave something, I turned to family history. Collected so much data, I got a computer. Spent months entering that data. And wonder of wonders I learned to really read, and better get all the individual letters right side up and understandable. Here I went back to writing, and enrolled one semester of HS enrichment. I tried my hand at story writing. Again encouraged. Been writing ever sense, but not always making head or tails of my story lines. Then I had to know the rules. Where was I going to get them.
There was in my mind a store house full oh knowledge. The shelves are incomplete, but enough material up there remembered I practice trying to separate the tents from the participles. At my age this is not easy. Even getting worse, short time memory, making it difficult keeping tract my own a$$.
It’s no wonder Clink needs so dam much help keeping tract of me. And I’m thinking about what someone sweet has suggested. Maybe Clink’s husband needs some help.
P.S. No matter how bad it is, every kid should stay inschool. That time is not totally wasted.

eb    Posted 04-01-2004 at 06:00:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just had this conversation with my kids. My daughter wanted to quit Karate class because her older brother is in a different class. I of course said No, you don't quit things. You got two and karate. I gave up on one thing my whole 28years. SCHOOL. I was too smart to go. Yea, I got my GED 6months later, and I have a good job, a great home and a wonderfull family, but I've worked my butt off getting it. It might of been just alittle easier with the right paperwork.
She is starting to read really well(6years old)
and has the confidence of a stallion!!! Just like her mom and I. You can do ANYTHING if you put your great god given mind to it. Keep on reading!!

Alias    Posted 04-01-2004 at 05:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fern, I go along with Clipper on this one. Keep up with your writing just as long as you can. You need to preserve these stories and other chronicles for your g'kids and their kids. For, it's easier to know where you're going, if you know from where you came.........gfp

Stormie    Posted 04-01-2004 at 05:41:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Clipper 100%. My Grandmother wrote a lot and now that she is gone (5 years) I am able to read about her thoughts and ideas and I always get a great sense of comfort when I read her words. I read it over and over too. It never gets boring.

Stormie in Michigan

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 05:36:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You keep writing it all down Fern.What you are doing for your kids is a lot better than anything money can buy them.Memories put into words will last a lot longer than just thoughts in the head or verbal story-telling. You will live on through your children and their children as well. Proud of ya my friend!

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