SOLSC19 6/31: From the Encyclopedia of Me


It’s March and the Slice of Life Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing space for writers.

On the third day of our challenge, I discovered Beverley A. Baird’s blog. She’s using ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME; MY LIFE FROM A TO Z, a guided journal created by Amy Krause Rosenthal. I ordered it and it arrived today. What a cool resource for prompts.


So I chose this prompt today. Recently, I was talking to students about what I imagined in my bedroom and the hallways of this particular house I lived in from second grade to fifth grade.

When we moved my grandmother bought me a twin bed set and my parents bought the dresser. Solid maple and colonial style. The room was a pale yellow and faced the street.

I would often look out the window at night and looked to see which houses had been put under spells by the neighborhood witch (AKA the little old lady who live on in the Victorian mansion on the corner).

I also put silly putty through the window screen to see what would happen.

This is the room that cocooned me for almost two weeks when I had the hard measles (Rubeola). It was a dark room, granted I felt awful but I wasn’t allowed to watch television and had to wear sunglasses to meals for eye protection. On thing I did to entertain myself was to remove the rubber tip form a bobby pin and carved the word “Zorro” (my TV hero at the time).

I also believed that all the fairy tale characters lived in the hallway to the bathroom. These places; Hansel and Gretel’s house, Rapunzel’s place, along with others came alive in the middle of the night. I was seriously into fairy tales.

What do you remember about your childhood bedroom?

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6 Responses to SOLSC19 6/31: From the Encyclopedia of Me

  1. Alice Nine says:

    ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME; MY LIFE FROM A TO Z is on my wish list. My bedroom was also yellow… and sunshine yellow. My linens were nile green and beige and brown tones. By the window (which looked out onto the street) was a big overstuffed chair. It was my personal reading corner.

  2. aggiekesler says:

    I also liked this book, but I haven’t tried out any of the strategies in my own writing yet. I remember my blue room with daisies everywhere! 🙂

  3. Joan Durrin says:

    So descriptive. I love the way you drew me in. You have me thinking about my bedroom. I’ll have to write about that. I’m interested in the book and need to look it up.

  4. I’m not sure my hallway was as exciting as your fairy tale hallway, but I think you just provided me with my slice for tomorrow! This was a really fun slice to read but I still wonder what happens when you put Silly Putty through a window screen…I won’t ask my children!

  5. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I love your imagination. While I do not remember much about my childhood bedroom with my parents, I do remember my childhood summers with my grandma. Sometimes, I stayed in the bedroom facing her large rose garden and other times I got to stay in the big bedroom on the 2nd floor all by myself. It was there that I found my love for reading…Maybe this will turn into a slice.

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