Childhood Memories Friday: Childhood Writing

Childhood Memories Friday

Childhood Writing

I have always loved to write.  When I was little, a lot of kids would be playing outside, but I would more likely be reading or writing.  I was remembering the other day how I loved to lie on my bed reading.  I often came across an unfamiliar word, and asked my mom what it meant (her frequent reply was, “Use it in a sentence!”).  When I was 9 or so, I remember thinking I should look those words up and learn them – so I would always take my book AND a dictionary to the bed.  I marvel now at my diligence back then, because honestly it’s been quite a while lately since I’ve looked up a definition (although I do encourage my kids to).

Words were fascinating to me.  I remember the lightbulb moment when I realized that “Europe” was Europe.  I had always read the word ee-a-rope, and I guess that was my pre-dictionary period, because I had not put that spelling together with the geographical place in my mind.

Likewise, I remember thinking euthanasia was an odd word, all the while thinking people were referring to “youth in Asia.”  What was so special about Asian youth that they got their own word?  I never heard about youth in America!

Ah, writing.  Here are some of my earliest books.

childhood writingRabbits were a common theme.

In fourth grade, I wrote my masterpiece, The Mystery in Maine. I was inspired by TV shows I had watched, play themes I had enacted with my Fisher Price Little People, and much, much more.

childhood writingThese were the days before computers, so my mom patiently typed all my stories on the typewriter.  She would leave spaces where I instructed so I could add illustrations, and occasionally a photo (photos were a real treat!).

childhood writingI’ve always thought that writing these books was key to my success in a lot of schoolwork.  Years later, when I was a teacher, I just couldn’t believe how many kids didn’t enjoy writing.  How could anyone not enjoy it?  I was stumped.

Did you enjoy writing as a child?  Reading?  What do you remember?

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot


7 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Childhood Writing

  1. Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeously beautiful site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It’s all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes… Happy weekend….

  2. Oh, that was so cool seeing your books. We are kindred spirits! If I wasn’t reading, I was writing. My mom would tell me to go out and play and I would tuck my book in my shirt and climb a tree so I could read some more. I took notebooks and pencils everywhere so I could write when the story struck. Now my niece is the same way and she and I get along so very well! We enter some ageless world of our own when we discuss our stories!

  3. Your outlook on learning and creating, as a child, is so removed from children I work with today. Students I deal with today seem to be from a different planet. Learning & being creative seems like about the last thing on their mind.

  4. i have always loved to write. i have kept a journal on and off since 7th grade. my 2nd grade teacher posted on my report card that my ‘creative writing skills should be encouraged’ apparently my parents thought she hadn’t a clue b/c they never did encourage me and it took me nearly 40 years to do something about my love of writing

  5. Hi Susan, I have been a reader. Have read all kinds of books. Some of them made a good impression other not so good. I did not like to write till I was older, although I’ve kept journals since I was a teenager. Won honorable mention in an essay contest in high school. Wrote poetry in college. My favorite book is the Bible, I’ve been reading it since high school.

  6. Hi! Yes I did make my memory board as a class project several years ago. I wish I could tell you how I made it, but I cannot remember. Your books are really cute!

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