I'm pretty sure it's been established on this blog that I was a weird kid who sometimes struggled with her attention span (here is a great example of this) and while going through some old papers this week, that was only reinforced by what I found.
This seems to be the cover of quite an ambitious and eclectic project, a sort of encylopedia of family, friends, and, uhm, frogs. Included on the other two pages I didn't scan: some lists of names, apparently of many people I knew at the time (I'm guessing this is 3rd grade, possibly?) but just lazy enough to leave out quite a few other people I knew at the time. I did go into a little more detail in the chapter about frogs:
It's a pity I didn't bother to color in my very complex scientific illustrations to match their descriptions. And be careful, I'm pretty sure I made up all these species (googling "stemplit frog" and "morton frog" led me to believe that the cleverly rhyming "torton frog" was probably fake, too). But at least I included a generous dedication!
Attached to these papers is a lone entry into—I'm not sure—perhaps a gardening dictionary? I only got so far as one, sadly. Or maybe there were others, subsequently lost to the black hole of history. I find it most interesting that I included radishes; if there is one thing I remember growing in the Stow Community Gardens it is radishes, alright. And we did love us some trowels in the Willis house. It might be the only tool I used with regularity in my childhood. Come to think of it, this is probably pretty accurate, this lone item—after snow shovels were taken away from me as a result of an unfortunate run-in with Marie's eyebrow when I was about 8, trowels were probably the only tool left in my outdoor tool arsenal.
Here we have another lone page in the collection; I must have been developing a play or a movie script or a TV show—I did watch a whole lot of Dallas growing up—but alas, I only got as far as a cast list. We'll never know the saga of Blue Willows (an estate? A melancholy family drama?) but I did find it humorous that I could share this with a few of the almost-cast members on Facebook today.