Recently I have been redecorating my home office/craft room – looking for painting ideas on the Internet and basically overhauling the whole damn thing.
I have been wanting to change the decor in that room for 12 years! Twelve years!
Finally, it seems like a reality – but I’m not quite there yet.
Scouring every inch of shit I’ve accumulated has been a real chore but maybe finally I’ll get my ass organized. I’ve come across bill from 1993 and other crap that I promptly burned in my chiminea – because that damn shredder keeps crapping out!
Anyway, I cam across a lot of sentimental items as well: pictures, mementos and my 6th grade autobiography.
It’s so funny to see what I thought of the world at 12. That was 33 years ago! I can’t believe I’m that old! Damn!
Table of Contents (including page numbers of course!)
Kindergarten to Third
Fourth to Sixth Grade
My Future Plans
To Get This Information
A full 14 pages!!!!! Remember that this was pre-computer – 1979. This is not the complete “work”….
… At two years I was potty trained and at four months I used to climb out out of my playpen by putting my toes and fingers in the holes and climbing out. I couldn’t stand my pacifier or playpen. I used to climb out of my crib and my parents couldn’t figure out how I did it.
I swam at two years and stopped my bottle at two years old, when my mother threw it in the garbage. I walked at eight months and was a pain in the foot.
I cried a lot, my mother said I was born with my mouth open. I never slept, my mother had to play country music mostly “Tiger By The Tail” by George Jones and dance me to sleep, but I still wouldn’t go to sleep…
…When I used to do something wrong I used to hide under my Aunt Mary’s bed.
My mother said I was always quiet and good, and never touched anything when I went out. I used to sit by my mother all the while, I was very shy like my father…
…I was promoted to first grade when I had Mrs. Romano. We had a play and I was a sunflower. For Halloween I was a flower girl with a pink gown. Mrs. Romano left to have a baby, and that’s when Mrs. Tobie took over.
When I was in second grade I had Mrs. Forstenhausler. She was a very good teacher. We had a play and I was an Arabian belly dancer. I looked exactly like Jeannie on T.V., even my hair and shoes…
…When I was eight years old I made my First Holy Communion…
…I was in Brownies from second to third grade.
When I was eight and a half I started twirling at the Masonic Temple in Bloomfield… But then she transferred the Bloomfield girls to Nutley to the Elks Club and we became the “Elkettes”. Then I was asked to take private lessons…
…Fourth to Sixth Grade. I went to Mrs. Little’s class and developed many nicknames but one still sticks called “Apollo Creed” because I always put up my fists…
…At nine years of age I started competitive twirling, modeling, strutting, etc…
…I’ll soon be going to North Junior High and I’m a little bit scared about the whole new thing.
My hobbies are: twirling, swimming, crafts, ceramics, ice and roller skating, biking, modeling, diving, dancing and many more…
…I have been in numerous twirling contests and beauty contests… All together I have about ninety trophies and medals…
…I will certainly try to get into Miss America when I grow up.
My Future Plans. For my future I would like to be a Psychiatrist. I have thought about being an actress but with a hundred to one chance I won’t get to be famous….
It’s so weird to read this. Lemme see… I did want to be a doctor but when I realized that I couldn’t stand the sight of blood – that was out.
Miss America? After Essex County Junior Miss (which I did for MY MOTHER) I was DONE. D – O – N – E, done. Pageants weren’t for me.
I can still twirl, and I still consider my hobbies to be crafts, roller skating, swimming and if I was younger and still clubbing my nights away – dancing!
Some things have changed, some haven’t, but I’m still Jacqui.
How different or alike are you all these years later?
© 2012 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.