I've saved my precious item and story since January of 1980, midway through my 5th grade year. This precious item has aged a little and has residue on the corners from where it was taped into my old acidic scrapbook.
I have to admit that I'd almost forgotten about this precious item . . . until I read Rinda's idea to write from a dog's point of view. So, I pulled out my new School Years Scrapbook, where I had added a little journal box to introduce the item.
This item was typed on our old family typewriter - do you remember the ones where each key had to be pressed about an inch and the arm with the letter would swing up and strike the paper? It looked something like this.
So, here it is - my precious item (and story) for this month. An old school assignment - with the "A" grade on top. (I've reproduced the story below with all my 5th grade misspellings, punctuation, and spacing!)
ONE DAY I WAS JUST COMING AROUND THE HOUSE AND I NOTICED THAT THE FAMILY WAS PACKING EVERYTHING IN THE CAR. I WONDERED WHAT WAS GOING ON. I WALKED UP TO THE MAN OF THE HOUSE AND WHEN I DID HE SAID TO THE REST OF THE FAMILY"I THINK WE SOULD LEAVE THE DOG WITH ANN." WELL THE REST OF THE FAMILY AGREED AND SO WE SET OFF FOR ANN'S HOUSE. WHEN WE ARIVED THERE I HOPED OUT AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY HOPED OUT TO. WHEN IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE I TRIED TO GET IN THE CAR BUT THE FAMILY PUSHED ME AWAY AND SAID "GOOD-BYE"AND THEY LEFT.
I DIDN'T SEE MY FAMILY AGAIN UNTIL A YEAR LATER. THEY HAD COME BACK ON VACATION AND HAD STOPED TO SEE ANN.WHEN I SAW THEM I RAN TO GREET THEM. THEY WERE HAPPY TO SEE ME AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THEM AGAIN.WHEN THEY LEFT THIS TIME THEY TOOK ME WITH THEM.
ON THE WAY TO MY NEW HOME I RODE IN THE BACK OF A STATION WAGON. IT WAS AN EXCITING TRIP. WHEN I GOT TO MY NEW HOME I JUMPED OUT AND BEGAN TO EXPLORE MY NEW HOME. I WAS GLAD TO BE WITH MY FAMILY AGAIN.
WE LIVED THERE FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND THEN WE PACKED UP AND MOVED AGAIN. THIS TIME IT WAS A VERY LONG TRIP, BUT WE FINALY GOT THERE. AND THAT'S WERE WE ARE LIVING TODAY.
I flipped through all my old photos and could only find one with King in it. I'm in the red dress and this is a few years before we moved to Texas.
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