Friday, October 15, 2010

Busy day

My grade school is having a reunion tomorrow. It has been closed down for 22 1/2 years. I had a cousin to tell me last weekend, "You know you're getting old if you are on the historical preservation committee for your grade school!" Turkey.
Our school was for grades 1-8, one classroom for each. We had no cafeteria, we ate at our desks. We had no gym, only a black-topped basketball court outside where we played all types of ball and skinned many knees. Every year we had a Fall Festival like elementary schools still do. In the photo above, I'm the 3rd from the right. That was my 3rd grade year - the year that we were crowned Prince and Princess in front of everyone, but then were dethroned after a recount. I remember it like yesterday. They let us keep our stuffed animals but took our crowns and flowers. I found an empty, dark classroom and cried in the corner.
But don't feel bad for us! Both me and the boy won later on as we got older! I still have my trophy from this one!
We were a small school and we all became like family. Our teachers were like Aunts and Uncles to us. We were all like cousins to one another. Like everyone else, we didn't realize what a blessing it was to grow up in such a close-knit environment.

Above was one of my favorite teachers. He passed away with cancer this year. My best friend on the right. There are so many funny stories to tell, things that would NEVER happen in today's school. Like teacher's throwing chalk, students taking trash out to the incinerator to burn and called out to help fight field fires behind the school. The old carbon copier that made all copies in blue ink. And "old curvy", the paddle that our 3rd grade teacher had made out of the back slat of a desk. Chili suppers and play time outside every single day in the sunshine. Good times, good times.

Today is busy with shopping, cooking, and last minute preparations for the reunion. I hope that we have a good turn-out!

Thanks for reading a bit about my little school. The friends I made there are still friends for a lifetime.

4 comments:

Catherine said...

Yeah! You are back! LOVE the new look and can't wait to read your blog more regularly again -- I like that blogger has made similar design tweaks as Wordpress (eg. the tabs, etc.). I might convert myself as my blog could use some reworking, too!

Love to you and yours, Catherine

Catherine said...

PS Great entry and have fun at your reunion! Hope to see you soon ~ this month has been our busiest yet this year. But "all good" xo

southernlady64 said...

You are so lucky to have gone to a small school and have those lifetime friends. I loved the pictures of you and your classmates. I know you will have lots to tell about the reunion. Hope it was lots of fun for you. Have a good week.

Louise said...

What a blessing Teresa, to have life-long friends from school. We moved a lot and I didn't have the opportunity to get close to anyone. And when you're in a fairly large town, that makes it even worse.
I'm happy for you though. Enjoy the time!