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Day 2: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot

Ms. Ruth, my 7th grade English teacher, is the first person who told me I had a “gift” when it came to writing.  For some reason, when she said it, I actually believed her.  She seemed to know about life, she fascinated me.  She presented more male than female, wore khakis and a polo most days, kept her hair in a crew cut AND she was a 7th grade teacher.  Clearly, no fucks given.  Boss style.  I don’t even know what I was writing at the time, but it was probably crap.  My life was a mess.  My mom was an addict, I was “in love” for the first time, I was still reeling from my dad’s death.  For whatever reason, she saw beyond the emo drama and found the potential.  She told me I had a gift for writing and all I had to do was channel it.  I think about her often when I write.  In many ways, she set this whole thing in motion and I would like to be able to thank her for that.

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