The Study Brigade

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Flickr Creative Commons/Melery Celery

They hung out in the library,
one collected different writing papers,
one was a walking champion and
one wore glasses.

They were the study brigade.

Girls to be admired,
funny, smart, well groomed and lovers of books.

They talked about books and maths and didn’t seem to gossip;
knowledge, sports and learning were their thing.

They were a collective.

No matter how hard I try I can’t remember all their names.
One was tall and blond,
another had dark hair and glasses,
another had long dark hair and long lashes.
She was named Sheridan.

They left school before me.
They went to different colleges, different towns perhaps.
We didn’t have facebook back then.

How, I missed that sisterhood of older girls.
In their absence I became the older girl
hanging out in the library,
trying to be funny, smart, well groomed and
definitely a lover of books.

And one day I named my daughter Sheridan
She has dark hair and long lashes.
Now she likes to hang out in the library with the older girls,
but doesn’t care if she brushes her hair.
She can’t stand sport, but knowledge, and books are her thing.

Inspired by the Who Shaped Me project for ABC Open, this month’s Pearlz Dreaming blog theme will be about the people who inspire me and there are lots of them! Goal 19 pieces on Who Shaped Me.

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