A week or two ago my aunt Jackie who lives in Ohio asked me if I would contribute to a project for her friend’s grandniece Ellie. It is a traveling journal that each kid in her 3rd grade class is doing for geography studies. Each person who receives the journal is asked to write (and perhaps draw?) about where they live. This journal started in Beaverton, Oregon and has traveled to Chapel Hill, NC, North Hampton, NH, Atlanta, GA, Canal Winchester, OH, and now to me in Minneapolis. I will fill out a few pages and then pass it on to perhaps one more person (but who? could be you!) somewhere else in the country before it is due to be mailed back to Ellie’s class in Portland on June 1st.
I am so excited! So, I should include something about the Mississippi. What other geographical features should I mention and/or draw? St. Anthony falls? We don’t exactly have…mountains….hmm. Maybe I need to get some friends involved. There are ten blank pages left, wouldn’t it be great if it was all filled up? And who wants to join in and do the last entry & mail it back? (Ann? Want to write/draw about Leavenworth? This sounds right up your alley.)
They also ask us to mail a picture postcard, which means I need to find a really sweet, iconic, or maybe not so iconic, Minnesota postcard to send to Ellie’s class.“The Mississippi’s mighty, but it starts in Minnesota at a place where you could walk across with five steps down. And I guess that’s how you started, like a pinprick to my heart, and at this point you rush right through me and I start to drown…” -Indigo Girls