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5th grade nostalgia

My dad recently unearthed an old manila folder at his house containing some essays and stories I'd written in school during 4th and 5th grades. I think I'll eventually scan them (some have accompanying drawings), but I thought for fun I'd transcribe them here too, spelling, punctuation and grammar unchanged.

This morning, when I looked out the window, I saw a donkey. It was making noises like "HEE HAW" very loud. Then it ran down the hill and did donkey-kicks all the way. Then it stopped and looked around to see if anyone was watching. It didn't see me, but I could see it. It kept on going until the next block. Then it came back. I came out into the yard, and it saw me and ran. I went back in and it came back. I sneaked outside and got upon its back without it seeing me until I was on it. Then it went "HEE HAW" and kicked, but then I fell off and the donkey ran away.

Here's another drawing which doesn't seem to have a story to go along with it. It's a scene from nearly every day during the summers of my childhood. Our dock is on the left, the neighborhood raft is in the middle, and my friend Kari's dock is on the right. I have never been very good at drawing, but I like the focus on detail -- not only are there tires along the dock where the boats are moored, but there are red and blue reflectors on the swimming raft.



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Mar. 23rd, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I think I remember the art class lesson that probably inspired the dock picture. It's clear that you used the magic of PERSPECTIVE to make the raft look right, but had no idea how to apply the same thing to the docks, so just went with a straight top-down view.

These are fun, thanks for posting. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Hah, I didn't even notice that, which shows that I still have very little eye for art.
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