Early Bo Peep

A few years ago I was doing a school talk in my hometown of Fremont, when a familiar face appeared in the back of the school library — Mrs. Tinkowitz's eyes still sparkled the way they did when I was a kid. She waved to me like any of the second graders she was seated behind.

After my talk, she came up to me and gave me this drawing of Little Bo Peep.

"You drew this at your kitchen table with a ball-point pen while I was having coffee with your mom," she recalled. I must have been five years old at the time. "You gave it to me, and I've kept it all these years. I thought you would like to have it."

I was tickled (and still am)! The instant I saw this, I remembered drawing it! Rather than giving Bo Peep a shepherdess's staff, I thought it would be more fun to give her a hobby horse. It's not well drawn, but -- hey -- I was only five!

This is the earliest of my drawings I have.

Thanks, Mrs. Tinkowitz, for hanging onto this for so many years!