Shout-out to Mrs. Pung!
As you might have guessed by now, I’m a bit of a writer. However, this is not something I just picked up out of the blue. I’ve been writing for years, a fact I was reminded of recently by my third grade teacher, Mrs. Pung. On a recent trip home to Minnesota, my mom told me she’d had lunch with Mrs. Pung not long ago, and Mrs. Pung had given her a copy of a book I wrote…in the second grade. 30 pages long, with illustrations, about a girl who has AIDS that goes inside her body to cure her illness. What do you know? I was a sci-fi fan even then.
Now, I remember how I got the idea for the story (a combination of the Magic School Bus and running around the play palace at Discovery Zone), and I remember writing the book, but I had completely forgotten that I had given a copy to anyone. As if saving it wasn’t amazing enough, my mom told me that Mrs. Pung has been using it as a teaching aid in her classes. That’s since 1993. Almost 20 years ago. I’m truly astonished and very flattered.
So, in honor of Mrs. Pung, and so all of you can enjoy the silliness of my second-grade self, here it is: The Cure to AIDS. Thanks Mrs. Pung!
Also, note the fact that, though twenty years have passed, my illustration style hasn’t improved in the slightest. If anything, it’s gotten worse 🙂