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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)

TITLE: Martinez Elementary School Dayís
By Deborah Shepard


While I was working in the garden today, many ďElementary School DayísĒ, came to mind. We were fortunate to live three blocks from my school; my two older brothers would walk me to a small park, across from our house. So I walk the rest of the way with my friends. This was so exciting we could pretend to act like little adults. Discussing our itinerary after school was out each day. Oh what visions and dreams we would discuss, about our lives, now and in the future. These developing young minds of ours, of course we were going to transform, the parental rules, restructure the government, as we understood it to be.

We even talked about which one of us; we become the frist lady president. We would take our polls on whom most likely to be the successor. Such in depth visions and prespective for our youthful, and elementary school minds. This passage in my life would be a very crucial time for me. In the molding and shaping of the direction my life was going to lead. I will share this with all of you, I was not a very out spoken child. But among my friends I could speak freely and openly. This is attributed to my fatherís strict military rearing.

Also I brought up in my parentís old school philosophy, children are seen and not heard. Donít speak until your spoken to, this left little or nearly no room for self-expression. It has taking me many years, to clearly understand my parents did the best the knew how to raise my four siblings and me up. With these guidelines and rules passed down form generation to generation. I do forgive them for the really tight reign on my, elementary school days, and my forming ideas of being a mild mannered child.

I always tried not to rock the boat, in my daily life; by being in the background some might say like a wallflower. I learned early in life, how to develop an inner world, through writing, and reading of course always great lover of the outdoors. My passion for the artís and enthusiastic about music. I truly believe these were gifts, from the Lord to help me endure, all of the heavy hardships so early in my life. My parents eventually did divorce; this was a very upsetting time to go through.

This placed a hardship on my mom, rasing five children alone; my dad would come around now and then. But honestly I canít recall many family times together with my father and mother together. So I had to grieve this family unit seperation,and create a new world for me get through this life challenge. The Lord placed a few great friends, in my elementary school life. A lot of caring and instructive teacherís, who became my brotherís, and sister, and my mentorís. I was very blessed, to have strong supportive family members to help my mother, and us children with food, clothing also with school supplies.

I can recall many fun times, on sleep over at my friendís house; we would study our lessons for the upcoming week. We always had to have our deep introspective talks about world matters for a child viewpoint. The there was the great deserts the banana splits, or root beer floats, or other treats. We got to stay up as late as we wanted, Iím so grateful for these memorable moments to look back on. This gave me a life balance, instead of just being laden with so many heavy issues at such a young age. I had to grow up very fast to be able to with stand, the intense life trial and challenges, which after my elementary school years which did follow. My closing comment is I didnít become the frist women president. I didínt transform the order of the governmental policies. I can say my life achievement, has been being part of the family of God.

Iím in the right place in my life today, in the blessed beauty of the artic wilderness. Sharing my lifeís testimony with as many people as possible. Glory be to God in the highest. I will pray daily for all my brotherís and sisterís, in Jesus Christ. That all will have his heavenly light shining on all, of your lifeís paths. Love and life blessings to all, who are a part of this wonderful family of God. ( Our God reigns eternally Amen).

Deborah A Shepard

Member Comments
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Angela Moore07/26/04
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Deborah Anderson07/26/04
Thank you so much for sharing. I see so many wonderful ideas in here, but the grammar and sentence structure kind of boggled it up a bit. I too, have to always work on this area myself. I've found some great books on this subject, and I also use my Word program to help with editing by performing the grammar and spelling checks. I love your testimony. It is truly a blessing. God bless you in Jesus Name.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
what a wonderful flow this story had.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
what a wonderful flow this story had.
Marcell Billinghurst07/27/04
I enjoyed reading your story. I can identify with you. I too used to feel like a wallflower as a child, and found comfort in books. As brothers and sisters in Christ we are part of an extended loving family.
Karen Treharne07/29/04
Thank you so much, Deborah, for sharing this story with us. It's difficult when parents divorce, and it has been a real blessing in your life to enjoy reading, especially God's word. May He bless you in your writing, as well, as you witness for His glory.