One of my earliest memories is when I kicked my Grandma Grace in the shin. I was riding my red tricycle when it started to rain. Grandma told me to go inside, but I chose not to listen and continued to ride. It rained even harder. Still refusing to go in, Grandma proceeded to physically remove my misbehaving, stubborn self from the trike. So I hauled off and kicked her… earning myself a well-deserved spanking!
A few years later and totally unrelated to the above incident, I announced that I was running away from home. Much to my surprise, my mom helped me pack! With my suitcase in tow, I “hid” out back. (Unbeknownst to me at the time, Mom was keeping me under her watchful eye the entire time I was “hiding.”) I finally decided I’d had enough of that running away business and went inside once the starry night sky came out to shine.
Being young led to many adventures. I was also guilty of dragging my tagalong, little brother out of the playroom so my friends and I could be left to our own devices, but that’s another story. Apparently I was quite a spitfire!
Back then we’d play outside from daylight to dark. I often rode my bike to the market for ice cream, rode my go-cart until a freak accident occurred and rode my Honda Indian motorcycle like nobody’s business. I’d also gather up all of my Barbie dolls and go “camping” in the woods. Besides, I belonged to the Ranger Rick Nature Club, and playing in the woods most certainly made me a respectable card-carrying club member. I was committed to keeping an eye on nature you know!
Perhaps my favorite childhood memory is being that nine year old girl in fourth grade. That’s when my love affair with books began – thanks in part to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as well as the Little House series. Oh, and I must pay homage to authors Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Cleary) and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Blume) are books forever etched in my mind.
Regardless of whether I was riding a tricycle, bicycle, go-cart, motorcycle or playing with Barbies out in the woods, I loved adventure. As it turned out, reading and writing stories have led me to the greatest adventures of all. I hope my future books will lead you on grand adventures too!