26 March 2009

Digging Through the "Archives"

I was going through this memory book that my mother made for me years ago, and I came across one of the first stories I ever wrote. I thought I'd share it.

The Talking Seal

Once upon a time, there was a talking seal. He always talked to Sara and Jason. Ginger was the name of the seal. Mandy and Ashley were Ginger's sisters. Dwayne was the zoo-keeper. Children come to the zoo to see Mandy, Ashley and Ginger. Sara and Jason like to talk to Ginger. Ginger likes to say, "Will you come and visit me every day you can?" Sara and Jason say, at the same time, "Yes, we will try." Mandy and Ashley stare at Ginger because they are astonished. They don't know what those noises coming from Ginger mean. Wouldn't you like to see this talking seal, too? She might talk to you someday.

I wrote that in 1984 when I was in third grade.  The names are those of my classmates and friends.

It's not a great story, but I've always liked it.  And my mother must have liked it, too, because she typed it up on our computer (that would have been the Apple IIc) and printed it out on our dot matrix printer.


The Bouldins said...

I like how positive Sara and Jason are ... "Yes, we will try." So thoughtful not to get Ginger's hopes up too high, but still trying to show a willingness to make the effort to visit.

SKJoiner said...

Well, you know, their parents do have to bring them!

The Bouldins said...

Good point. I didn't consider the transportation issues they would encounter. I guess that makes me old. I've forgotten what it's like to have to ask permission (and for a ride) to go somewhere :)

SKJoiner said...

Don't worry. Your kids will remind you soon enough!