Thursday, July 10, 2008

Getting it down; writing it out

I noticed this lying on top of Tess' desk this morning. Aside from the cute factor, I'm struck by how instinctively Tess now turns to journaling when she's got something on her mind. I don't know if she really has any intention of giving this to anyone or if she plans on posting it on her bedroom door.
She writes about Colm in the third person rather than addressing him directly - it's true that he can't read yet, but I could easily imagine Tess reading something aloud to her brother a la the town crier.
The process of getting it down on paper seems cathartic for her. She clearly understands the notion of emphasis what with the underlining and the bolding and the different font styles and, of course, the exclamation points!
I do wonder about number six. Maybe she got interrupted, maybe she got ahead of herself, maybe she sees this as a long term project and is laying the groundwork for her next inevitable entry.
In any case, it seems pretty clear to me that we've got a girl who values private moments at a desk, pen poised, emotions spilling out, and a drive to write it out of her system, to get it down. Tess' truth..."he doesn't know about me."
Feeling aggrieved and misunderstood is perhaps just the flip side of feeling mysterious and unfathomable. Hopefully, writing will help Tess to moderate the passages back and forth across these internal landscapes.
She's something to behold.


Blogger Melissa said...

You say it all in the last sentence.

12:04 AM  

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