My mom asked me to come pick up some boxes of my childhood stuff that she still had at the house. She’d saved almost everything I’ve ever made. This was a hilarious trip down memory lane for me (and will be for some of you, too) and it inspired me to show y’all my creative timeline. I couldn’t put everything (Mom seriously saved a LOT of stuff) but here are some highlights:
Preschool involved lots of coloring on paper plates, paper bags and just plain ol’ paper. Let’s leap to elementary…
Also from second grade, two pieces of Christmas writing:
All of the Reindeer are Missing
It was Christmas Eve, and everyone was sleeping,… Well, not everyone. Deep in the forest, there was a doe and this doe saw eight deer. These kind of deer weren’t… Shhh you won’t tell? They were Santa’s reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Then a nice deer told Santa about the deer. And from now on everybody knows that Rudolph has been leading the sleigh full of toys. And he will be doing it forever.
I am a star. I live on the top of the Christmas tree. I am lonely up there, but I can talk to the other ornaments that are near me. There is a deer, candy cane, and round things. I am put on the Christmas tree last. A boy named Tom puts me up on the tree. I hate the night because I am always awake while my friends get to sleep.
In middle school there was an elective called Fine Arts, where sixth graders did 1/3 of the year in an art class, 1/3 in a music class (I learned a few chords on guitar and then promptly forgot them) and 1/3 in a theater class (I remember doing a monologue in front of the whole class where I act like I’m going on a date. It was TERRIFYING. And somewhere, it’s on film.) Most of what’s saved from middle school is art.
Moving right along to high school, when my life was consumed by dance. I was on the dance team sophomore through senior years and was also an assistant teacher (spelled incorrectly in the next photo – how shameful!) at the studio where I’d been dancing since age three.
Man, I miss dancing! I wrote a little in high school, too, including a poem (!) called “The Dance” (!!) that was published in “Celebrate! Texas’ Young Poets Speak Out 1999.” I also received the following prize from my Leadership teacher for my work on a video project for our principal, who retired at the end of senior year.
I danced at the studio until I was 23 and then my college life was consumed by writing and The Paisano. The rest, as they say, is history.
It was a lot of fun to go through all this stuff. I liked seeing that I’ve been a creative/artistic person since day one. It also made me kind of sad. I don’t know why. Anyway, I hope y’all have souvenirs of your childhoods to show that you, too, have always been creative. If not, start making them now! In thirty years you’ll have a nice laugh. 🙂