When I visited my parents this winter, they presented me with a thick brown file labeled Cathy: School Papers which they had uncovered in the process of decluttering the attic. Inside I found lots of stories and worksheets, plus some art gems like these:
While it was pure fiction that I ever owned a pony or a gorgeous Indian headdress, I guess my Dad once smoked a pipe and shared genetically odd ears with my older brother.
Among the kindergarten pile, I found a lovely poem entitled “Catherine.”
I didn’t recognize the handwriting. My grandmother? My teacher? It was a really well-written poem, and it was about ME and my love of making mud pies. How sweet! I filed it away and made a note to ask my mother if she knew where the poem had come from.
Then recently on Facebook, I “overheard” a conversation between two poet friends recommending books to one another. Karla Kuskin, they agreed, was a must-read. So I added her books to my library list with nary a second thought.
Lo and behold, in BOTH of the books I brought home was the poem “Catherine.”
Thank you Karla Kuskin, and whomever gave 5 year old me a poem they knew I would enjoy. Just goes to show how important it is to cite the author and publication date when sharing poems, stories, photos, etc.
I’m going to go make some mud pies, and read more Karla Kuskin poems!