Maxine Clark   Creative Writing Seminar    Visual Narrative EssayA Little Pith and Vinegar for       the Melting Pot
Like most British kids, my onlyknowledge of America wasdrawn from movies andtelevision programs. We hadthree channels to c...
Rainy Sundays often found uswatching dusty old Westerns.Seeing all of that sand, thecanyons and earthtones mademy tongue d...
My imagination went wild atthe prospect of a new life inAmerica. What I didn’t takeinto account was all that wewould leave...
Cousins
My paternal grandparentsdidn’t take the news well. Iwas particularly sad to leavethem because they lavishedgifts on us, li...
Grandparents
My father insisted that we notsmile in our passport pictures. Icouldn’t help it! He had to keepfeeding more and more money...
When I said goodbye to myhamster Christmas, she bit myfingertip. I couldn’t believe my ownhamster had rejected me.I left m...
Cokey   Christmas
My brother and I were invitedup into the cockpit and givenhonorary British AirwaysJunior Jet Club passbooks toenter our fu...
My gear onthe flight
On the drive from theairport, I continued toretch while taking in thesights of Route One outthe side window. Pastthe Hillt...
Within mere hours of arrival, Irealized we could very well starveto death. We were offered Dr.Pepper or Ginger Ale to drin...
Palate Attack!                                            +        = Weird and Gross
Letting go was hard and Imissed England for a long time.I felt like I was always drawingcomparisons between Englishand Ame...
On September 23, 1994 inConcord, NH I was sworn in as anAmerican citizen, when inactuality, becoming an Americanhas been a...
My husband and I were marriedin the Rose Garden at Lynch Parkin Beverly on a beautiful Juneday in 1999. We’ve been toEngla...
We bought our home in thesame neighborhood my familymoved to back in 1978.
My old house at19 Deerhurst,Stanshawe Estatein YateOur comparativelypalatial estate inBeverly
Our daughter was born inDecember 2003, and at eightyears old, she is now attendingthe same school I did when I washer age.
I finally feel like this is where Ibelong.
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
M. clark creative writing seminar presentation 1
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  1. 1. Maxine Clark Creative Writing Seminar Visual Narrative EssayA Little Pith and Vinegar for the Melting Pot
  2. 2. Like most British kids, my onlyknowledge of America wasdrawn from movies andtelevision programs. We hadthree channels to choosefrom: BBC1, BBC2 and ITV.
  3. 3. Rainy Sundays often found uswatching dusty old Westerns.Seeing all of that sand, thecanyons and earthtones mademy tongue dry up like clay.
  4. 4. My imagination went wild atthe prospect of a new life inAmerica. What I didn’t takeinto account was all that wewould leave behind.
  5. 5. Cousins
  6. 6. My paternal grandparentsdidn’t take the news well. Iwas particularly sad to leavethem because they lavishedgifts on us, like this fan andcastanets from one of theirtrips to Spain.
  7. 7. Grandparents
  8. 8. My father insisted that we notsmile in our passport pictures. Icouldn’t help it! He had to keepfeeding more and more moneyinto the coin slot. He was notpleased.I was primed for a perfectlydespondent shot.
  9. 9. When I said goodbye to myhamster Christmas, she bit myfingertip. I couldn’t believe my ownhamster had rejected me.I left my toy dog Cokey in our oldhouse for the new people andimmediately regretted it.The day was off to a bad start.
  10. 10. Cokey Christmas
  11. 11. My brother and I were invitedup into the cockpit and givenhonorary British AirwaysJunior Jet Club passbooks toenter our future BritishAirways trips. Of which therewould be none.
  12. 12. My gear onthe flight
  13. 13. On the drive from theairport, I continued toretch while taking in thesights of Route One outthe side window. Pastthe Hilltop with itsplastic cows grazing theside of the highway . . .
  14. 14. Within mere hours of arrival, Irealized we could very well starveto death. We were offered Dr.Pepper or Ginger Ale to drink butthey were “too spicy” for ourbland palates.
  15. 15. Palate Attack!     + = Weird and Gross
  16. 16. Letting go was hard and Imissed England for a long time.I felt like I was always drawingcomparisons between Englishand American culture andchoosing sides.
  17. 17. On September 23, 1994 inConcord, NH I was sworn in as anAmerican citizen, when inactuality, becoming an Americanhas been a gradual processoccuring over the course of mylife here.
  18. 18. My husband and I were marriedin the Rose Garden at Lynch Parkin Beverly on a beautiful Juneday in 1999. We’ve been toEngland together. Twice.We’ve also been to DisneyWorld. Four times.
  19. 19. We bought our home in thesame neighborhood my familymoved to back in 1978.
  20. 20. My old house at19 Deerhurst,Stanshawe Estatein YateOur comparativelypalatial estate inBeverly
  21. 21. Our daughter was born inDecember 2003, and at eightyears old, she is now attendingthe same school I did when I washer age.
  22. 22. I finally feel like this is where Ibelong.

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