SOLC Day 18: Just a Memory

March 2022 SOLC–Day 18
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

I’ve never been a big one for “fancy” dress. I don’t even recall playing dress-up as a child. Certainly, I admired Cinderella’s ball gown, but I don’t think I ever spent much time envisioning my own. Fashion has never been my thing.

In one of my earliest memories, though, I’m drawing a princess with my neighbor. We’re at her house, I think, though that’s more a feeling than a certainty. I do remember clenching the crayon in my fist, slowly drawing the triangle dress, the circle for the head. Then, after a short pause, I regripping and drawing the definitive triangle to sit firmly on my princess’s head. That simple symbol made a declaration. This was no mere girl. This was a princess!

Now I wonder– when did royalty wear such head gear? Did they ever? How did I even know about it? Had my neighbor friend, older than I and wiser in the ways of the world, taught me?

I suspect even then I knew that my drawing talents weren’t sufficient without some heavy-handed clues to guide the viewer. Those triangles were so simple. So satisfying. A neat little princess label. Nothing fancy. But it worked.

8 thoughts on “SOLC Day 18: Just a Memory

  1. Amanda Potts says:

    “A neat little princess label.” What an interesting memory. I’m not sure I remember my own early attempts at drawing, but now I’m curious. Hmmm.

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  2. You know, it’s interesting. I think in most “how to draw” type books and tutorials that triangle sits on the head of a princess. Sweet little memory.

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  3. cmargocs says:

    What I liked about this post was your sense of satisfaction and assuredness. Oh, the doubt that creeps in as we get older!

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  4. kd0602 says:

    I’m already thinking about some “small moment” memories–and my students will write one next week as part of our district writing assessment. Thanks for getting my memories warmed up!

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