The Child Writer
|I grew up in Vermont, spending most of my childhood and teenage years in
Sudbury. There were two hundred plus people living in the town at that time. To give you a
little something to compare that to, consider my younger son's seventh grade class which
had two hundred and fifty kids in it. My whole town wasn't quite that big. Needless to
say, there were no long lines in Sudbury. There were, however, two schools.
|The first school I attended in Sudbury was Hill School. While in fifth
grade there, I wrote my first short story. All I can remember about it is that it was
somehow connected to my favorite TV show, Wagon Train. Hmm. Wagon Train. What
was I thinking?
Burr Pond School
|After fifth grade I moved across town to Burr Pond School. At Burr Pond I
became a serious writer. Two of my plays were performed at Christmas time, and some of my
work was published in The Burr Pond News. Almost all my work was funny--funny
'ha-ha' and not funny 'strange.' At least, that was what I thought at the time. There's
one poem I recall that was just funny 'strange.' I didn't write much poetry after that.
|For eighth grade I moved on to Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon.
Okay! Indoor plumbing and running water! English and history were my best subjects
throughout my teenage years. They just happen to be subjects that require a lot of reading
and writing. Though I thought of myself as a writer, I didn't finish much unless it was
assigned by a teacher or I needed it for the school newspaper. I was assistant editor and
then editor of the Otter Valley Hi-Spots.
Can you find me?