Writing 101, Day 8, Reinvent the letter format

Walkway in back and no parking sign in front. Just my butt is parked there.Dear Teresa,

Happy 17th Birthday. Did you ever wonder why mom and dad named us Teresa? I asked and was told that we were named after our grandmothers, Teresa and Elizabeth. I hated the name Teresa and wished they had named us Elizabeth Teresa. Lot of nice nicknames for Elizabeth. There is Beth, Liz, Eliza, Ellie. As Teresa we were stuck with Terry, Terri and just a few years ago I discovered Tessa. Now that nickname is cool.

Do you remember this band trip. I have forgotten where we went. This picture of us was taken in Maryland. I do remember that part.

I gave up playing the trumpet when we got out of school. Do you ever wish that you still played? Playing music was hard for us since we really couldn’t read the music. It is a wonder we made it through the high school marching band. Or the regular band during inside season for that matter.

I remember the year we had to audition for our seats. I stared at that music horrified. I couldn’t read it well enough to get the tune. The song was a Souza march and it was a nice one, but I thought we were doomed and then mom and dad found the record and we played it over and over until we were pretty close to the music.

We didn’t get first seat, but we made a chair at least.

Good luck in the future. You are in for a bumpy ride.


Tessa from the year 2015

About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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3 Responses to Writing 101, Day 8, Reinvent the letter format

  1. memeethemuse says:

    Dang, tomorrow’s assignment is to write a letter. I did that with today’s assignment response to social media. Ugh.

    My grama was named Betty (for Elizabeth) she didn’t like the spelling and changed it to Bettie. And then there is Bette as well… I always wanted to be named Elizabeth. Well, except I was more eccentric then that. For a while as a young child maybe 10 or 11 I went by Francheska (a name I thought was my own creation) Jolene Elizabeth… yep, all three together. Not that anyone called me those names. But it is how I signed my schoolwork, art, notes and letters. 🙂

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