I enjoy the memoirs here. A sense of a person and their struggles manifested palpably. The writing shines with clarity and insight.
Originally posted on emillywrites:
I started out at the top of my class. I enjoyed the structure of school—the desk and chair, the fat crayons, the thick, minty smell of craft paste. On November 7, 1974 Mrs. Waldron wrote: Emilly is off to a good start. She likes to do her class work. It is a joy to teach her. Yes, she is active, but she gets her work done. On January 27, 1975 she writes, “Emilly is doing a good job. She likes to read and will do her seat work on time.” “Keep on encouraging her” April 8, 1975: “Emilly is just a smart child” “She likes to do her work well”.
My first grade progress report. By the end of the 4th marking period my grades in reading, language, writing, social studies and arithmetic were outstanding. Science, health, art, and music were satisfactory. Phys Ed was marked with an S…
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