A little deja vu…
There were two things I would play when left to my own devices.
The first was magazine editor/advertising copywriter, although I didn’t know those fancy words.
All I knew was that I loved my mother’s Ladies Home Journal and McCalls. I studied the advertisements. “Modess. Because…” Now what did that mean? Margarine sticks and Pond’s cold cream bewitched me. When my Mother was finished with the mags, I took scissors and glue and cut out pictures and words, creating my own magazine.
The second thing I played: librarian. My mother was a great reader and I used to accompany her to the public library. It was prehistoric back then of course. I liked the card catalogue and the surety of finding a book in the stacks exactly where it was supposed to be. I was hypnotized by the way the librarian would pull a card out of the back of the book, then put a freshly stamped due date card in the pocket.
Back home, my cool doll, Pixie, (with the pink platinum hair!) was my library customer. I cut out squares of paper, wrote names of my books and stamped other little pieces of paper. “Hello. How many books are you taking today? Three? Oh very nice.” Then I would begin the fun of shuffling pages and exchanging little papers, followed by the pleasing sound of closing books.
Why am I telling you this?
I had a career as an advertising copywriter. And later, I founded the Merida English Library.
Anything in your childhood that presaged your life? What about your kids or grand kids? Now’s a lovely time to speak up in the comments box below. We cherish your every word.
P.S. How cool was my Mother to give me Pixie one Christmas morning? A kookie looking, big personality doll that set the tone for a life lived creatively.
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