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When Writing is an Emergency

September 26th, 2007
by Mary Otis


In third grade I pass a note to Billy Stavory, who sits in front of me in penmanship class.  The note says:

    Do you like me?

    Do you love me?

    Or what?

    Please check one.

It is the first time I write something necessary and high stakes - an emotional emergency.  But Billy Stavory is worth it. He is the best reader in class, and although he occasionally gargles his milk, Billy Stavory is reported to have once swallowed a moth.  A moth that lived and flew back out his mouth.  Billy Stavory has character. (more…)