Transmission from the past: 1975

Dear Xiane,

Hi! Do you remember me? It’s Tina! Hi!
I’m you, but back now where I am! Do you remember? I like maps and science and space and trees and riding my bike all over the place. Do you remember the blue bike? It has the best silver sparkly banana seat, and tassels! I like to ride it to the shopping center and buy art stuff – do you still like art? Do you remember how much I like to draw and paint and decorate things? I want to be an artist. Or an astronaut. Or a geologist. Can I be all of them? Is that allowed?
I wanted to remind you about the pipe cleaner dragons! Do you remember those, or was that too long ago? I made them because of Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books, because I liked them so much. I wanted fire lizards, and I didn’t know how to sew them, so I made them out of pipe cleaners, because that’s what I could buy with my allowance. I hung them from the ceiling of my room with lots and lots of yarn, to make a jungle, because I wanted a jungle. The tape wouldn’t stick, but I liked the way it looked anyway. Mom didn’t.
You forgot that, didn’t you? I bet you forgot how good you are at making whatever you think of, silly. You can make clothes and dolls and paper dolls and costumes and makeup [even though it always smells bad] and cookies and paintings and books and maps and jewelerey [did I spell that right? I never remember how to spell it, you know] you make everything. You even made a lock for your door, and a canopy for your bed and the secret fort in the woods by Mrs. King’s house.
Remember this, okay? You can do it. Whatever it is. And have fun! You like to skip! You like to sing!

…….and you like your bicycle and you should get one with a sparkle seat. They are the BEST.

Tina [you know, you. I mean you from before. Me!]

I write, as openly as possible, about my experiences with life, love, creativity, depression and not-depression. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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