I got a booklet of papers in the mail today from my mother. Attached to the papers was a sticky note that read:“One finds some very interesting things when cleaning up basements.” It was some of my writing from elementary school. Given my recent post on writing, I thought I’d share some of my early work to show how writing develops.
Apparently, I was a “journalist” for the school paper back in the early 80s. Two thoughts came to mind as I read this: 1) I can’t believe this was published this for others to read, and 2) I may have missed my calling as a hard-nosed reporter.
Interview with Barbie By Rebecca Bell, Reporter
Barbie: “You know, I’ve never been interviewed before.” Rebecca: “Barbie, I would like to ask you a few questions.” * Barbie: “Oh, sure. Ask me anything.” Rebecca: “Barbie, do you like Ken?” Barbie: I used to, but now I like Mr. T.” Rebecca: “I see, but how does Ken feel?”** Barbie: “He doesn’t care and besides, he likes Skipper now.” Rebecca: “Are you going to be doing a movie with Mr. T.?” Barbie: “Yes, it’s called ‘Strut’.”*** Rebecca: “Thank you very much, Barbie. It was nice interviewing you.”
*See, I get right to the point, like a hard-nosed journalist **Note early therapeutic penchant for asking about feelings ***I really wish this were a real movie. It would have been awesome.