Throwback Thursday from the Vault

Today’s Throwback Thursday features another one of my childhood masterpieces straight from the vault. Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, I wanted to share it as a throwback today.

This one’s especially funny because it’s so stupid. I wrote this when I was in the first grade, so I would’ve been six at the time. I remember I was preoccupied with learning to write in cursive, even though we’d not yet learned it in school. Hence, you can see that I managed to at least sign my name in cursive. (How funny that I was so obsessed, and now they don’t even teach cursive in school anymore.)

The thing that’s especially humorous (and embarrassing) to me about this poem is that I swear my first grade teacher told us a story (or maybe read us a book) about “Carl’s Leprechaun.” It must have made a big impact on me to go home and write about it. Yet, when I found this recently, I Googled it and can find no such story!

The other comical element, besides my bad spelling, is that I had to write in the margin that it was indeed a poem. Obviously my reasoning was so that no one could confuse it for a novel or other fictitious prose narrative.

The Jolly Old Elf

In case you can’t decipher my masterpiece, it reads as follows:

The Jolly Old Elf

There was an elf.
Hee hee hee.
I can’t believe what I see.
I said, “Hi there.”
He said, “Zee zee zee.”
Now it’s the end because
He was Carl’s Leprechaun.

(By the way, if YOU know who or what Carl’s Leprechaun is, would you please tell me?)

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11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday from the Vault

  1. That’s so cute Rachel. Both the poem and the pic. You cutie.
    They don’t teach cursive in school where you live anymore? I sure wish they didn’t teach it here in Brazil. It would certainly make my life a lot easier with my 7 year old. It’s hard enough just to get him to print.
    =)

    • Thank you so much! Yes, I just heard about the no cursive rule recently, actually, but when I said something on my Facebook, a few people told me it had been that way for a couple of years now. Apparently, they only teach kids how to sign their own name, but figure they need typing skills more than writing skills.

  2. Great stuff. @ragtaggiggagon here from Twitter, Rachel. I’m Irish (Dublin) and I have never heard of any such Carl’s leprechaun! Terrific stuff though. It’s wonderful what we have going on in our heads as children. “Zee zee zee!” Very Seussy!

    • Hi, Richard, LOL! That’s so funny! I just swear my teacher told us about old Carl. And “Carl” is definitely not one of the names I would have chosen as a kid. (I usually went for my favorite TV characters’ names.) I have NO CLUE where I pulled that from if there wasn’t a story. Yes, as for the “Zee, zee, zee” part, what can I say? I was a weirdo! LOL! 😀 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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