A picture of me that one of my wonderful first grader parents created for the party game "Pin the lips on Mrs. G."
I recently moved - a big move to a new state. We downsized, which was time consuming and painful. You see, I am a first grade teacher from a long line of educators, and
crafters, and seamstresses, and homemakers, and travelers, and musicians, and gardeners, and cooks, and God knows what else! If you know any elementary teachers, you might have noticed that we tend to love a good yard sale or covet those fabric scraps
that you were about to throw away! Almost anything can be used in the classroom! In my case, over 30 or so years I had amassed quite a collection - from several classroom bells (I particularly loved the little silver high-pitched one that looked
like the Space Needle) to an exotic lime green upholstered "author's chair" from Goodwill that had once adorned my teenage daughter's bedroom.
My eclectic tastes both in the
classroom and at home stem from two sources. First, I have been the lucky recipient of much of the insides of 4 houses. One, a mid-century west coast beach cabin, contained furniture and tchotchkes (yes, I just used that word!) that were precious
to us because we would visit the place almost monthly growing up. To this day I have a crazy old book that was on the shelf in the cabin entitled "Suds in Your Eye" by a woman named Mary Lasswell and has a 1942 copyright, as well as my Aunt Nieta's
library plate inside the cover with her handwritten name on it. The book, about two weird old lady's who drank a lot of beer, was one of the first things I retrieved when cleaning out the cabin. I decided when we moved and I found the book in the
myriad of boxes we had packed that I would begin reading a chapter a night to my husband before we went to sleep. Mostly he just fell asleep, and I, like so many others before me, came to the conclusion that certain things that were interesting during
your teens may not be as interesting at present. Still, that silly book makes me think of my family in that cabin, and so I persist in believing that for me, it is important to keep it!