YOU rILEE HrT MY FEELINGS

YOU rILEE HrT MY FEELINGS

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Because my fourth grade teacher was,  I was, and so then my daughter, and now my six year old granddaughter: we are hooked on phonics.

The text and artwork in this image are explained by Taryn’s mom:

“This is from Taryn to Abby and her friend Karmen for shutting her out of Abby’s room. After receiving this lamentation, Abby was so impressed with Taryn’s spelling that she gave her a high five and painted her fingernails. Ah, sisters!”

That Taryn’s response to sister abuse took this form of creative expression I think speaks well for her coping skills. Not that she didn’t shout and stomp and cry before she became self-analytical and graphic.

But in the end, she thought it out, drew it out, spoke out her hurt in an attempt to help her adversaries appreciate the injury they created by excluding her. (Note the two smiley faces on one side of the door, and the smaller-figure frowny face on the other.)

And I imagine they laughed when she showed this to them. But she scored points.

But I also bet Bigger Sister will think twice, maybe, before acting cruelly to her phonetically-gifted baby sis. This, especially since I can imagine this peace-making artwork stuck via magnet to the fridge in their home for a long, long time.

About

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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