Friday, March 16, 2012

Be Somebody

I’ve known there’s a book in me since the fourth grade. That’s when my teacher, Miss Smith, removed her cat-eyed glasses and used them to point at me.
            “Dana, this is excellent writing.”
            She came toward me, my homework bunched in her hand. Knelt beside my desk and smoothed the pages. As she underlined various words and phrases with her pointer finger, I inhaled her fragrance—flowers and fruit. Strawberries maybe. I want to be just like you when I grow up, Miss Smith. For real.
            She drew a red circle around an adjective. “Mark my words, sweetheart,” she said. “Any fourth grader who uses the word bloodcurdling is destined to be a writer some day.”
            She wrapped my shoulders with her firm, young arm. Leaned her weight into me. It felt awkward and warm, all at once. I shut my eyes tight. Do it again. Please, do it again. Instead she rose, smoothed her jumper, and returned to the front of the room. Resumed grading papers. I sat a little taller in my seat.
            An hour later Corrine Hunt lost her lunch—cheesy beefy mac and chocolate milk—on the desk behind me. Got some in my hair. Even that didn’t burst my bubble. Mrs. Smith thought I’d be something someday.


writingdianet said...

We talked about this last night at a local writers' group--who encouraged us to write early on. Do you have someone in your life who encourages you? I hope so. Do you have someone you encourage? I hope so.

alienbody said...

I didn't have anyone encourage me when I was younger, but I have very supportive family and friends now. Being on BlogHer makes it easy to be supportive, there are so many talented writers!!

Janet Smart said...

Hi Diane. Mrs. Smith was right!

writingdianet said...

Awww! Thanks, Janet:)

And yes, Alien, Blogher is great!


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