Saturday, March 3, 2012

How To Silence A Child

I've been thinking about this post for months now....only to discover yesterday morning that I actually wrote it on January 29, 1991.
That's right....I covered the exact material I've been pondering 21 years ago.  Believe it or not, the story that entry tells covers a problem I still struggle with today.  Remember that essay I'm supposed to be writing for you?  Every time I sit down to a blank page I flip out a little bit, convinced that what's in my head will never come out as I think it should. 
Rather than rewrite, I thought I would just share that journal entry with you.
"What will I write about today?  An essay on the evolution of writing assignments.  (I'm bored, can you tell?)  When I was in the fourth grade, we had creative writing every week.  We would be given a topic and enough time to write about it.  I used to write really wonderful stories.  Unfortunately, when it was time to read for class, I would get shy.  I would decide that my story would bore everyone.  I couldn't read it correctly with the right accents for effect.  To make matters worse, I had troubles deciphering my own handwriting.  It was horrible.  To this day, the only time I can come up with a good story is when I know that no one else will see my work."
Pretty darn insightful for a 17-year-old, don't you think?

1 comment:

A Day That is Dessert said...

Very insightful. I'm glad you're going back through your journals.