Tamales and Toes:

Mother and I had gone into town to visit Dah. She and Papa lived in a double wide trailer on the high school campus. I didn’t understand it, but it was and so I didn’t question the odd location for a home. The trailer was surrounded by a fence which seemed to reach to heaven.…

The New New School:

The children at my new school were less raucous than those at my previous schools. It was a private school known as Alpine Christian Academy. Nestled in an unassuming corner of the eastern side of the nearby town of Alpine, the school’s playground reminded me more of the uneven terrain of my neighborhood than the unbroken plain of asphalt my previous school had offered.…

TTT:

Uncle-E’s Irish Setter, Toby was a mellow and friendly sort of fellow. He would follow Cousin-L, her recently more adventurous brother Cousin-B, and myself around lazily flopping down onto the ground nearby where ever we were playing. At this time there was a family living with my uncle, and their strawberry blonde daughter who was a year or so younger than us would follow us around in much the same manner as the dog.…

Skipper and Jem:

Cousin-L’s room didn’t have very much in it, white walls broken only by the entrance and a window overlooking the canyon, a bed, a small color television, and the largest wooden dollhouse I had ever seen. I don’t know why we were playing inside that day, but the outdoors were brightly lit, and the sunlight shining through the window illuminated the room in a way I was unfamiliar with.…

The New School:

All of the windows in the new classroom were either behind me, or so high that they offered only views of neighboring rooftops. Still, they let in a fair amount of light which I appreciated. Compared to the school in Colorado, there were twice as many students and corresponding desks. The teacher never looked my direction, and I had no idea what she was talking about.…