This was the first ornament that I made in school. Kindergarten, 1st grade? Mom saved it for me and gave it to me when I had my first tree. It evokes memories of my school days. Meeting Salty Sam in person at preschool. Being on TV in kindergarten (for what I have no idea). How I hated 2nd grade because we were all terrified of the teacher. Getting the most improved writer award in 4th grade because that was the year I broke my arm. The hour bus ride that took me right by two other middle schools before arriving at mine. Being too smart and too poor to be popular. Having the chicken pox, measles and mumps and getting to stay home and have Mom dote on me.
(Salty Sam was the name of a character on a local kids TV show.)
This series originally appeared in 2006 at The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree. Some posts have been updated, others replaced.