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New Shoes

How did I learn to read? I really don’t know how to answer that. It’s a mystery! Suddenly, there I was, reading. I started going to school just after I turned seven. I was always a good student. I completed primary school in Garanhuns; then, we moved to Alagoas. I studied a little bit there, then completed school here in São Paulo. It was a small house with mud walls, and my teacher was called Maria Lourenço. We lived out in the country, it’s hard to describe. But I can see it now, my school: I can see me sitting there in the class with my friends. I can also see my first pair of shoes, given to me when I was 7. It was black… it’s a pity that I couldn’t study all my life, especially when we lived in the Northeast. There weren’t enough schools or resources.
Inácio Pereira Rangel, 1934, Joiner, Garanhuns, PE.

This was culled from an entry in the (Brazilian) Museum of the Person, a wonderful site which is packed with gems.

7 Responses to “New Shoes”

  1. Jim Murdoch says:

    My wife, who is twelve years older than me, can tell stories like this all day. She can recall in the minutest details events from her childhood. I have to say I can’t remember a damn thing about learning to read. I clearly did somewhere along the line but I have no rosey memories linked to the event.

    Interesting site. Anyway, I’ll have to log off now. We’re having Xmas early this year – the joys of having to share my daughter with her mother and her partner’s parents.

    jb says: I do believe, though, Jim, that the process of writing activates the memory, so it may all be there but as yet untapped. Anyway, have a good one.

  2. nike dunk says:

    Very pretty tale..Nice post.

  3. Anna M. Bond says:

    Hi. Interesting article. I too often reminded of shoes in which first came to school.

  4. Lorna says:

    Thanks for sharing! It is amazing the things we remember from our childhood, I for one always remember the assemblies at school my dad managed to make it too, because he worked so much!

  5. Rhonda W. says:

    Thanks for sharing, it makes me remember of my childhood days

  6. Patricia says:

    The first shoes that I could remember were pastel yellow Converse canvas high tops, as a little kid you can remember everything and that is why it is so important to be a positive influence aroound children.Thank you for sharing!
    ~ Patricia ~

  7. Marsha G. says:

    My memory is very poor around my youth. Don’t know why but I’m amazed when people can recall such detailed memories from such a young age.