|When going through some files, I came across a folder with a blast from the past|
These sketches & my Dad's News Herald card were from 5th & 6th grade. Once in awhile I would help Dad out at the paper in Santa Rosa & even set type a few times. Never thought it possible to be a photo journalist like Dad, just knew I wanted a camera...real bad!
Not many friends moving around, but I had my two true loves...John Denver & horses!
The final move, to Salinas, California, spiraled me downward, but even in 8th grade, my early writings & doodlings show that I spiraled it back up, even if a bit on the rye & dark side. The Garfield cartoon reflects a very realistic fear even to this day!
These adolescent early poems show a general disappointment with life as well as a need again to spiral back up. A bobbing cork in stormy sea so to speak. The pen & ink of John Steinbeck's house was done in 9th grade art class working off of a photograph. After my Grandma Johnson saw it, she took me with the ladies there for tea! Don't quite know how things would have gone for me without my Grandma's around during those times!
All in all, I'll take turning 51 over being young again...any day! Cheers to the wisdom that accompanies gray hair & droopy knees!