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My Memoir for Balanced Literacy Program

by Tatyana Bardar

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Dear Grandpa,
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Love, your favorite grandchild, Tatyana
Dear Grandpa,

Remember when you created a treasure hunt for me? I remember like it was yesterday! You told me that you found a treasure map and that we were going to follow it. I remember walking in the woods behind your house and finding clues along the way. Little did I know you placed them a hour before. It was magical. It was memorable.

Hey Grandpa!

Remember the long narrow vine that we pretended to swing on like Tarzan? Remember we walked a whole 2 miles and my little legs felt like I was wearing cinder blocks and every step I took felt heavier and heavier? Remember how we would count how many birds we see and whoever had the most won? I remember how much fun this was.


I remember our map led to an end where I found a little toy treasure chest. As a 7 year old, I was amazed. Now as a 22 year old, I know that you got that treasure chest from the kids meal that you and grandma would split since you were that cheap.

Hey Grandpa.

Thank you for showing me that it really is the little things that make a big impact. Thank you Grandpa for this memory.
Dear Grandpa,

Remember we would go swimming and I would jump in your arms over and over again? I remember trying to make the biggest and loudest splashes I could! I loved to swim just as much as you did.

Hey Grandpa!

Remember we would have races on who could swim the fastest? I know you let me win by the way. I remember when it was break time I would watch you do laps. You didn't know this but I would count how many laps you did each break. Your highest score was 16.

Hey Grandpa.

Thank you for being my best swimming bud. Thank you Grandpa for this memory.
Dear Grandpa,

Remember when you would teach me math because you were a math professor? Yeah, I remember that too. I remember wanting to go play instead but you were persistent that I memorized my many math facts. I remember sitting at the kitchen table having tears streaming down my face from frustration.

Hey Grandpa, guess what?

Now I'm teaching math to little minds just like you were to me. Sometimes I think of you and how proud you would be. You had a passion for math and now I do too.

Hey Grandpa.

I'm going to make you proud. Because of you, I am able to go to college to pursue my dream job. I am going to change lives the way you did.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Thank you Grandpa for these memories.
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