My Very First Published Work

My Very First Published Work
schhol picture of JL Tooker in the first grade

In the first grade, I was asked to submit an article to our elementary school newsletter. And there you have it (below)—my three-sentence blurb on where my schoolmates could find the school’s new “safety mark.”

partial copy of a the Harbor Breeze newsletter from Park Western elementary school in 1961


The safety mark says keep away. It is by the office door. It is yellow.

—Jennifer Lynn Douglas, Room 8, Grade A1

This must have been a big deal to someone; my mother kept it all these years. Actually, it’s a big deal to me … my first ‘published’ words, and my oldest ‘carved rune.’

P.S. You may have noticed the name ‘Jennifer Lynn Douglas’ but you also likely realize my name has changed over time [smile].

One stone on top of another, then another, then another, and then eventually, we build a work of art.

How about you? Do you have any old stones lying around? Care to share your earliest written work? I’d love to read your comments below.

a steel bucket filled with lavender cuttings


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