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

NEW SAFETY MARK:

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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