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. Last Thursday, I wrote down some journaling prompts and I’m going to use 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. Here we go…
What schools did I attend and what were they like?
I attended four schools. I went to Ardmore Elementary School (K-6), Coquillard Junior High School (7-8), Dickinson Middle School (9), and LaSalle High School (10-12). My favorite school memories where in elementary school. Ardmore was a small neighborhood school, so I was with basically the same kids from kindergarten until we “graduated” 6th grade. I became a lot less interested in school when I went to junior high school and beyond. I was in that group of kids that were stuck between the change from junior high schools to middle schools. I always did well in school, but I did not like school past 6th grade.
School bus memories.
Thankfully, I don’t have many school bus memories. I say, “thankfully” because I’m thinking that memorable school bus memories would probably be bad. Oddly enough, my most vivid school bus memory occurred in the 1st grade. My bus driver, Ernie, was a sober man who ran a tight ship. For Christmas, my mom wrapped up a candy bar for me to give to him. When I gave it to him, he smiled at me and I can remember being so surprised and a little scared because I had never seen him smile.
What was I good at in school?
I have always loved learning. I remember loving anything to do with stories. One favorite memory (connected with math of all things), was learning my times table in 4th grade. It was around Easter and for every “times” we learned, we got a little white construction paper egg. We could color it anyway we wanted and then it was glued on a chart. We also got a jelly bean…any color we wanted, but just one. When we finished all our times table, we got a large marshmallow egg. I loved the whole process. I know my multiplication table because of jelly beans and those little construction paper eggs.
What activities did I participate in?
I was in a spelling bee, 4th & 5th grade. I was in band, 5th through 10th grade. I played the flute. That’s all I can think of. Surely, I was in more than that!
Art Every Day Month
I’m participating in Art Every Day Month. Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes