Category Archives: 4th and 5th Grade- Deer Lodge, MT

Ages 9-11

Trudging Slowly

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Birth Order- The Third

The huge snowflakes hit the ground at a terminal velocity that demonstrated that they were as heavy as they could possibly be. The completely white sky indicated that this was just the beginning and that this storm would most likely … Continue reading

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Miss Boyce

I rushed through the door with tears in my eyes.  It was a small lab where Mom had landed a job making the finishing adjustments to dental pieces, dentures and bridges and such.  It was the middle of the day … Continue reading

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Fish Sticks Went Flying

artwork by my youngest angel

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The Night the Oven Blew Me Across the Room

The house was always freezing. An ethereal draft continually ran though the house and up our spines. Although she never showed herself, we always expected to see “the lady” down the hallway or around the corner, which kept my muscles … Continue reading

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Mr. Jakes

Although I’m pretty sure my preference stems from evolution, he may have been the first guy who planted the seed in my head that I liked tall guys. While my subconscious desire to dilute the gene pool that conspires to … Continue reading

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The Demon in My Arms

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The DTs

Although many of these stories focus on the devastating effect my parents’ drug use and alcoholism had on us three kids growing up, it’s just as sad to look at my mother and recognize how deeply her alcoholism affected her … Continue reading

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We Communed With the Ramones Until Our Batteries Died

It was the close of my 5th grade year. I remember mom announcing, once again, that we would be moving within the next week or so. With all of our belongings packed in black plastic garbage bags and the cars … Continue reading

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Holy Shit, We Killed Jason

We were excited to finally have a small place with a yard. There were a couple of trees and an old wooden garage/shack out back and we were happy to get out of my grandmother’s studio rental that she had … Continue reading

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