As long as I can remember I’ve always loved writing. When I think back and figure out what sparked that interest it was something my mother did. My mom had four children in the span of five years and in her effort to keep me busy (I was her youngest) she plopped me in front of a cast iron typewriter. I learned to hunt and peck for letters when I was four-years old. I started out by tapping the alphabet on scraps of paper. But eventually my mom taught me how to construct a letter. I wrote countless letters to my Aunt May in Philadelphia. I remember each of my letters to her always started out with “Dear Aunt May, How are you? I am fine. How’s the weather over there?” Aunt May became my penpal and it was with incredible enthusiasm whenever I received a letter in the mail from her.
Now my Aunt is in her 90s. Our correspondance has evolved into emails, – which is saying something considering my aunt has kept up with technology. To top it off, my Aunt is a huge reason why I love being a photographer. Aunt May was always taking photos of her nieces and nephews, of which she has 14. Now she has grand nephews and nieces and Great grand nieces and nephews. She is a very, very beloved Aunt. Aunt May gave me my first Kodak camera. While I don’t have that first one, I do have one of the old ones she gave me. Now it is a cherished keepsake.
Aunt May – you were the catalyst in both of my passions in life. Today I’m so lucky to do both of them and fulfill a dream I had as a little girl. Which was to be an author and artist.
This just goes to show, you never know what will happen when you plop a child in front of a keyboard. Or a camera.
And I have to give a big shout out to my Mom. Thanks for plopping me in the front of the typewriter in the hopes of keeping me out of your hair. It turns out I learned to type super fast and somehow that cast iron typewriter game me a love of words.
Tina Case is a professional photographer and writer. In addition to writing for Project Underblog she writes for Yahoo and Parent Grapevine. She also volunteers her time at Housing 1000, Shoots for a Cure and PanCan.org. You can see more of her photography at Tina Case Photography.