In one her workshops, she assigned third grade as a prompt. One person wrote about how he had missed third grade entirely because he was in Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp. He did not talk about the concentration camp. Instead, he talked about what he had missed from third grade, the things he didn’t learn. It was mesmerizing. She says,
“We had heard of the horror of the camps but to distill it down to a loss of third grade grammar and history had a startling effect. We felt the pain in a new way.”
Write about a grade (or an age) in your life? What did you miss? What was extraordinary?
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