What I Did Last Summer: Exorcising the Ghost of Compostions Past


| 9/28/2012 8:28:00 AM


Probably the most stereotypical of all the memories we hold of our teachers is the homework assignment one of them would give us at the beginning of every school year.

It would go something like - “Please write a composition entitled  “What I Did During My Summer Vacation” – and amidst groans we would press our little heads and try to figure out just what it was, indeed, we did during  those past few months, which seemed to pass much too quickly.

So to ease the ghost of “themes” past – here is what I did many times when I was young during my summer holiday

Over the river, and through the wood,
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, "Oh, dear, the children are here,
Bring a pie for everyone." - from "Over the River and Through the Woods" Lydia Maria Childs  (1844)

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I passed the place where they used to live yesterday. The Empty Lot On Union Avenue 



I was on some errand, heading to Wal Mart.  I have passed that empty weed choked lot hundreds of times in the last forty years since they tore down the house, and until that moment, had given it very little thought.





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