Sunday, September 06, 2009

Ryan's 5th Grade Perspective

Ryan's grandmother brought a treasure trove-- two volumes of Ryan's youthful poetry! The following, written in 5th grade (~10 yrs. old, 1994) is in diamante formula, which contrasts 2 opposites:

Smart, Strong
Winning, Fighting, Working,
Male, Best. Female, 2nd Best.
Money-grubbing, Talking, Preppy,
Different, Expensive

Personally, I just wanna know where he got the word "money-grubbing." Where does a 10 year old even hear that word!?? And where did he get these ideas?? His sister was 3 years old, so she definitely wasn't money grubbing yet...

Another one of my favorites:

There once was a beggar named Clug.
Who collected his coins in a jug.
Said his two brothers,
"Be like the others,"
And then they both gave him a mug.

And the illustrations are priceless! :)

1 comment:

Ryan Szrama said...

The only word that comes to mind is "prescient." I'm glad to see my time in elementary school prepared me for the harsher realities of adulthood and marriage.