Born 1884 - Minnie Mae Elvidge
I've heard all the reasons why it is important to keep a journal.
It helps us understand ourselves. . . . and throws out a lifeline for our posterity to grab.
Those are nice reasons,
they just weren't mine.
. . . . well, not the first one, anyway.
Nevertheless, rummaging through old photos and mementos
provides the perfect recipe for self discovery and
Eliciting "aha" moments.
I know exactly where I get my nose. When I turn just so . . . I can see the precise bump on my nose that great grandmother, Minnie Mae had. I was sifting through old photos, and there she was, in profile, with an elegant hat (she was from England) . . . . and that slight bump on her nose.
. . . . I recognized in an instant.
it wasn't just a fluke of my DNA,
it was actually passed down . . . . connecting her . . . . . . . to me.
I was going through a box of keepsakes when I came upon my
3rd Grade Report Card
Apparently, my social skills needed some work,
as stated in the first quarter's comments by Mrs. Bonnie Allen.
We all had a good laugh over my need "to develop a respectful attitude toward other children" and the low grades I received in being courteous, playing well with other children, and, of all things, Art.
Funny as it was, the uncharacteristic behavior got me thinking . . . .
Then, I remembered something else I did in third grade;
I ditched school one day,
spending the entire day up in a tree, in the park next to the school.
Wow! I thought.
Third grade was rough for
Little Miss Good Student
....she was a real BRAT !
. . . . Then came the aha moment !
Remember this picture of
Me, Richard and Marsha ?
I was 8 years old the summer my 2 ½ month old brother,
Richard, passed away.
It was a dreary summer; mom cried a lot,
The summer before third grade.
Suddenly, all that bad behavior made sense. My 8 year world had been distrupted; I was dealing with a huge family loss.
. . . . taking my friend’s crayons and spending the school day up in a tree were my ways of coping with it all.
I understood myself just a little better.