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Last week I posted a blog about telling my son’s 4th-grade class about my job as an editor for Fine Woodworking magazine. Yesterday I received a wonderful thank-you booklet from the kids. I wish I could post all of the great hand-drawn pictures, but I don’t have the space. So I picked a few and posted them. The notes were classic, too. Here are some quotes from each 4th-grader. As I said in my previous post, these kids rock…
“The whole class liked getting the magazines you brought in.” –Ryan“I like [your magazine] because it shows you how to be safe when you work with drills and other tools” –Jaxson“I think your camera is the coolest.” –Elizabeth“I can’t believe it takes you 6 months to do an article.” –Lindsay“Unfortunately, I was out sick on Friday… Everyone is saying it was really fun.” –Brianna“I gave the magazine to my grandpa because he likes to make woodwork.” –Benny“Thank you for coming to our class. By the way, I saw you at Target.” –Anthony“I’m going to build stuff that’s in the magazine.” –Ken“I hope you had a fun time coming in and sharing your job with us because I sure did.” –Hannah“I think I might be an illustrator when I grow up.” –Harry“I wouldn’t mind making stuff. Maybe I would want to do that. Maybe not. Thanks for everything.” –Michael“I think your job is really complicated, but even so, I like it.” –Mackenzie“I can’t believe how many steps there are for making magazines.” –Josef“The picture on the internet was really cool.” –Kendra“It’s awesome how you get to travel to all different places.” –Shane“The outlining you showed us looks hard.” –Jonathan“I liked when you told us about the [camera] lenses. Thank you for coming in. I hope you come back.” –Tyler
Thanks again, kids. I did have fun visiting.
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Great artists! I think the portrait of you is darn good.
I'd love to go back and talk about woodworking, shrogers. I think it would be fun.
Poor Brianna, she was out sick. You have to go back now Tom, she could be the next Maloof or Krenov just waiting for your inspiration!
I like this one... "I can't believe it takes you 6 months to do an article."
I like this one too... "Thank you for coming to our class. By the way, I saw you at Target."
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