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The funny thing about reading for me
was that I didn’t
know just how much I loved it until I was a grown up. I
now remember though, being at camp one summer reading one book
a day — I’d read on the bus, I’d read during
lunch and I’d read after swimming lessons were over,
read anytime when we had free time. By the time the summer
was over, I had read every book off my bookshelf! It just seemed
The first time I wrote a story that I can remember was in fourth
grade. My teacher, Mrs. Crabtree (isn’t that a great name
for a character?!), marked up my story with red correction marks.
I was horrified! But it was then that I learned all about “Re-writing
to Get It Right,” my favorite school presentation speech.
By the time I had rewritten that story (6 times!) it was better
than ever. When I got into middle school, my teacher, Mrs.
Scrippol (another great name, eh?), had me write three descriptive
phrases about the seasons, three for each season. I was
so proud of my work that I wrote them in calligraphy for my mom.
She loved them so much she actually cried! It was then I knew
I loved what writing can do. She still has my descriptive
phrases in her secret candy drawer! (Ssshh, don’t tell!)
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