November 29

School Memories – Even More Stories

Posted by lori . 10 Comments


All this month on Thursdays, I’m writing down some of my school memories.  I’m doing this because I’m putting together my first little photo album.  Back on November 1st, I wrote down some journaling prompts, and I’m using them to “free write” some of my memories.  My hope is that this will help me pick the stories I want to include in my album.

What did I wear (school fashion)?

Girls had to wear dresses when I first started school. This was in public school. When we were first allowed to wear pants, we had to go to a “fashion show” to see what was acceptable. If we wore pants, we had to wear a pantsuit, which was pants with a matching jacket or vest. This brings me to one of my favorite memories…When I was in 4th grade, I received a box of fabric for Christmas. To say I was disappointed (and confused) is an understatement. The “present” was that my mom was going to make me some mix-and-match outfits for school. She made me 2 vests, 2 skirts and 2 pairs of pants. This was my first foray into the world of mix-and-match, and as a future fashionista, I was delighted with all the possibilities. One of my ensembles was to wear a shirt, a vest, a pair of pants and a skirt…all at once.  The first time my sister saw me in this particular outfit, she said to me, “Did you forget to stop dressing?” Ouch! Needless to say, I learned the value of editing. The picture above is me wearing a shirt, vest and skirt. I don’t know if this was after my sister gave me her critique, or if it was just a day I hadn’t selected the shirt/vest/skirt/pants combo.

Any interesting school field trips?

The only field trip I recall was our 6th grade field trip to the museums in Chicago.

What were my favorite/least favorite school projects?

My favorite school project was my first full-length story. It was a mystery, and I wrote it in the 4th grade. The last name of my main characters was Snickasneer. Whenever I read students’ writing and it includes overly unusual names, it takes me back to this story of mine. I struggled with Geometry.  We had to keep a notebook for that class,fd and I hated it.

What are some interesting school stories I would like to remember?

A fun story…My girlfriend was a little daredevil. One day she had the idea that we could climb out of our second floor classroom window, lower ourselves to the ledge between the first and second floor, turn around and them leap down to the ground. She demonstrated this and then it was my turn. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, so she ran all the way back into the building and did it again to show me how easy it was. At this point, I had to do it or be labeled a “chicken,” so I crawled out the window and as soon as my feet touched the ledge, our teacher rounded the corner and  hollered at me “to get down from there.” That type of luck has followed me throughout life. I had to just give in a behave myself.

How did school shape me into the person I am today?

Art Every Day Month – Day 29

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. They will vary in their completeness…from “just started” to done.”

Daily Inspiration

First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.


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10 Responses to " School Memories – Even More Stories"

  • Looks like you were just a few decades ahead of your time, fashion wise. That skirt over pants look was hot a few years back. Even I indulged in it. Good for hiding bits, if you know what I mean.

    So luck always follows you and stops you when you’re about to leap into the unknown? Very handy.

  • Sue says:

    Your outfit is very Mary Quant.

  • Love those outfits!
    You would probably get a fortune for them now, people have gone insane for vingage clothes. I often wish I had kept all my mum’s beautiful clothes from when I was a child.
    Lynne x

  • Hahahaha…Oh my, check out da GoGo boots! I loves ’em! My Girl has to wear a uniform to school (if that is what you wanna calls it, it ain’t much of a uniform). I say her be betters off so hers not has to overly think her fashions.


  • Patty says:

    I went to a Catholic grade school. I was told I was showing off my body by wearing a “jumpsuit”. I think that school made me a very nervous person. LOL

  • houndstooth says:

    You were such a cute little girl! 🙂 I remember wanting to wear dresses to school all the time and my mom refused to let me. I can just picture you trying to get the nerve to climb out the window!

    We got your Christmas card and they’re beautiful! 🙂

  • Kirsten says:

    Fun memories–that’s so cool your mom made your clothes. Jumping off high surfaces has never been my strong point either!

  • Veronica says:

    That is one sharp outfit! Mom always made me clothes and I hated it. I wanted only store bought things. Now I’d kill to have her make me something. She’s given up the sewing machine though. So now I sew for my “kids.” They can’t complain about the coats and collars I make them. Though Bettina has still managed to find a way to express her unhappiness at having to wear any coat at all. She tries to run them off on fences and porch railings. Sigh…

  • Bassetmomma says:

    OMG! How inventive was that coming up with the last name Snickasneer! Too funny!

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