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Pay Attention

teachersWhen you think of teachers and their importance in your life, you want to think of them in a good way.  After all, you spend a significant part of your childhood in classrooms with these people.  The teachers in my life have made both positive and negative impacts on me.   Continue reading

The Stress of Kindergarten

kindergartenI remember several childhood grade school memories, so, where to start?

The first one I recall was I was in kindergarten, it was Armistice Day, and of course, I had no idea what that meant.  I went to Wilson School and had just recently moved to the north end of town.  This meant I had to take a bus from school to home.  Continue reading

The Creepy Black Moon

I lay in my bed mid-afternoon. The orange curtains made the softened sunlight somehow warmer. Bored, my eyelids would slowly close—a childhood naptime–the sweet stuff of adult memories. 

But in the evening, the same room seemed sinister. The closet door hid unknown horrors. Under my bed lurked creatures just waiting for me to close my eyes so that they could come out and “get me”.

creepy black moon

Even today, I remember the window, through which I could view the full moon. 

I woke up one night and lay in the bed, dreading the idea of getting out and having my feet touch the floor. So I lay there. The only thing that protected me was the sheets and blankets that were pulled up tight under my chin. I felt safe, safer with the protection of the layers of cloth. Continue reading

Circus Trauma

Circus Nursery 

I was 4 years old and had a beautiful circus-themed nursery.  There was a handmade circus wagon on one side that my dad made special for me, complete with a canopy overhead.  The circus wagon had cute stuffed animals on it of a lion, a tiger, and a bear, among others.  On the opposite wall were pictures of those same sweet circus animals. Mom thought she had done such a great job making this cute, sweet nursery, but little did she know…  Continue reading