Category Archives: 1st and 2nd Grade- Missoula, MT

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Bob

I don’t exactly remember the time frame but I know it happened very quickly. Mom started drinking and began bringing this guy home. Within a week or so he had moved in. He was a half white, half Indian guy … Continue reading

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The Drunk Who Was Stabbed Outside My Window

In my mind, the Cottage Grove apartments will always be synonymous with fear, violence and chaos. These were the years that I started school- this was my foundation. Mom was gone often, working and then she started drinking. She would … Continue reading

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My Heart Tried Desperately to Come Up My Throat

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The Wooden Spoon

I once had someone explain to me why she chose to (1) discipline her kids by spanking and (2) why she used a wooden spoon rather than her hand. It was a well thought out, rationalized and completely creepy explanation. … Continue reading

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With Complete Trust My Eyes Fixed on His

So I guess I exaggerated when I said that no one in the neighborhood could outrun me, to my deepest annoyance and highest anxieties, Jerry could. There were so many times when I needed to run away from the one … Continue reading

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Suspicious of the Fat Man in a Red Suit

Our aunt was insistent that someone was on the roof and other adults in the room kept guessing that it must be Santa. True, there was some sort of a ruckus going on above our heads but the suspension of … Continue reading

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Miss Celeberte

Soon it was fall of 1973 and I was ready to start first grade. I was excited and had a very sweet teacher named Miss Celeberte. She was tall, slim and young, probably in her early 30’s. I’m pretty sure … Continue reading

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We Would Gather Their Beautiful Feathers Through the Fence

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The Day We Set Wanda’s Couch on Fire

In 1973 it was common to call Native American people Indians. We lived in Montana and demographics always included a large percentage of Native American families. In my stories I refer to Native American’s as Indians, because it holds true … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Alice in Wonderland and Papillion

When I was in first grade I saw that Alice in Wonderland was playing at the local theater. I asked my mom to drop my friend and I off to see the movie – she agreed. We got our tickets, … Continue reading

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