Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Dog's Point of View - Storytelling Sunday

Welcome to the September edition of Storytelling Sunday, a monthly meme hosted by Sian who encourages us to share our stories in words and photos. This year's theme is all about telling the stories of items that are precious to us.

I've saved my precious item and story since January of 1980, midway through my 5th grade year. This precious item has aged a little and has residue on the corners from where it was taped into my old acidic scrapbook.


I have to admit that I'd almost forgotten about this precious item . . . until I read Rinda's idea to write from a dog's point of view. So, I pulled out my new School Years Scrapbook, where I had added a little journal box to introduce the item.


This item was typed on our old family typewriter - do you remember the ones where each key had to be pressed about an inch and the arm with the letter would swing up and strike the paper? It looked something like this.


So, here it is - my precious item (and story) for this month. An old school assignment - with the "A" grade on top. (I've reproduced the story below with all my 5th grade misspellings, punctuation, and spacing!)


MY TRIP

     ONE DAY I WAS JUST COMING AROUND THE HOUSE AND I NOTICED THAT THE FAMILY WAS PACKING EVERYTHING IN THE CAR. I WONDERED WHAT WAS GOING ON. I WALKED UP TO THE MAN OF THE HOUSE AND WHEN I DID HE SAID TO THE REST OF THE FAMILY"I THINK WE SOULD LEAVE THE DOG WITH ANN." WELL THE REST OF THE FAMILY AGREED AND SO WE SET OFF FOR ANN'S HOUSE. WHEN WE ARIVED THERE I HOPED OUT AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY HOPED OUT TO. WHEN IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE I TRIED TO GET IN THE CAR BUT THE FAMILY PUSHED ME AWAY AND SAID "GOOD-BYE"AND THEY LEFT.
     I DIDN'T SEE MY FAMILY AGAIN UNTIL A YEAR LATER. THEY HAD COME BACK ON VACATION AND HAD STOPED TO SEE ANN.WHEN I SAW THEM I RAN TO GREET THEM. THEY WERE HAPPY TO SEE ME AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THEM AGAIN.WHEN THEY LEFT THIS TIME THEY TOOK ME WITH THEM.
     ON THE WAY TO MY NEW HOME I RODE IN THE BACK OF A STATION WAGON. IT WAS AN EXCITING TRIP. WHEN I GOT TO MY NEW HOME I JUMPED OUT AND BEGAN TO EXPLORE MY NEW HOME. I WAS GLAD TO BE WITH MY FAMILY AGAIN.
     WE LIVED THERE FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND THEN WE PACKED UP AND MOVED AGAIN. THIS TIME IT WAS A VERY LONG TRIP, BUT WE FINALY GOT THERE. AND THAT'S WERE WE ARE LIVING TODAY.

I flipped through all my old photos and could only find one with King in it. I'm in the red dress and this is a few years before we moved to Texas.


I hope you've enjoyed today's story - thanks so much for stopping by! Click here to read more September stories.

24 comments:

Amy said...

Oh Melissa, this is simply fantastic! A great photo too!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

How cool to still have your story from 5th Grade. I love the photo. Ther's something special about those retro tones in a picture.

Jennie said...

How wonderful to still have your story Melissa - and it was so touching to read it. I think this Storytelling Sunday we got 2 for the price of 1 wth your precious this month - delightful, thanks for sharing. Jen x

debs14 said...

How lovely! It must have been hard to leave him behind but I bet you were all really excited when you went to pick him up.
Great photo too!

Sheena said...

What a fabulous story to still have the original of. I remember having a typewriter as a child & being fascinated with how it worked!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh that is a great story Melissa. When we moved to the UK we had to leave my dog behind :( Glad you went back to pick him up.

Abi said...

Your story mis spellings and all is so sweet. I'm glad you kept them in. I'm glad the story had a happy ending too. It must have been so sad to say goodbye to your Dog for a year.

MonicaB said...

What a treasure to come across...I love reading stories that children wrote. Also, I love the typewriter!!

Sian said...

Hi Melissa, that certainly reads like an A Grade story to me :) I love it and the care you have put into gathering together the photos to make such a lovely complete post. A very satisfying read indeed.

Ellyn said...

what a sweet story!

Debbie P said...

Ahhhh, awesome job! This story choked me up. Glad it ended with you all back together. I'm a real sucker for animal stories, especially when told by the animal!

Sandra said...

What a lovely thing to have kept and yes certainly worth an A

Barbara Eads said...

Whenever I see something like this, I am so envious!! I wish I had some fun things from my childhood. I remember when I was getting married---mom had me clean out my closet and I threw EVERYTHING away. I was 19 and not sentimental. I never realized that I would become that way. Still, I tell my stories even if I don't have the stuff to back it up!! Your story this month is priceless!

Mitra Pratt said...

LOVE IT! Cute photo too! Thanks for sharing that with us!
Hugs!

Mitra

Karen said...

What a fantastic story - love it.

Cheri said...

The story is cute, but the photo is PRICELESS!

Becky said...

What a wonderful story and I just love the photo too :)

Mel said...

This is great. The English teacher approves!

Karen said...

Wonderful story, and absolutely precious photograph!

Alison said...

I love that you have kept things like this, Melissa.I really felt for poor King, and was so glad he was reunited with you all!
Alison xx

Jo said...

Such a fantastic story and it's lovely that you still have the original, thank you for sharing x

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a fantastic post Melissa! I love that story and photo; so creative of young you to be able to tell the story from King's point of view.
rinda

Jane said...

a wonderful story and photo

S said...

What a great story - King knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats and deliver a happy ending.