MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary children and families (and victims of violence everywhere)

Children Playing Stencil Art

Children Playing Stencil Art (Photo credit: incurable_hippie)

Red rubber balls bouncing from square to square. Shrieks of happiness. Calls from across the hill to come play. Chinese jump rope, thumb wrestling.

The joy in delay, of grinding your pencil sharp around and around, and around again! Perforated numbers, art day, and daydreaming out the window.

Squeaky gym floors and a poorly tuned piano. Field trips on bouncy yellow buses.

The smell of chalk dust, wet wool, and strawberry shampoo. Baggies spilling crushed potato chips, soggy tuna sandwiches.

The cute boy with the dark eyebrows who smirks at me. A flirtatious note left in his lift-up desk. Maybe. Some day.

Red Rover, Red Rover, send those kids back over.

 

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4 Responses to MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary children and families (and victims of violence everywhere)

  1. Jim says:

    Excellent Sally – you’re a true writer, putting feelings to words when others find the sobs have choked off that which they would share.

  2. Deb says:

    Sally, this is poetry. You say so much with the visual imagery you create. You manage to give us a moment of respite when we need it most.

  3. Dianne Stearns says:

    Sally you have the biggest heart and it surely shows in this phenomenal writing piece. I just wish today’s young children and young adults were able to experience each fond memory that you creatively captured. We surely did have a diffferent experience than the kids of today and you made me reflect on how blessed we were in years gone by. Keep up the great work Sally in good times and in bad.

  4. steve says:

    Such wonderful words….for such a sad and inexplicable situation. Don’t ever stop telling your kids or family you love them.

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