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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Back again?

Am I back to blogging? I haven't decided. Hubby told me he misses reading my blog.

I miss some things about blogging. The creativity that goes into it. The sharing with friends and making new ones. Snapping photos and putting the real me "out there". Sharing ideas and recipes and patterns and the scenery I'm blessed to see every day. Writing.

But there are so many pitfalls to blogging. Especially for someone who already has their plate full. I don't know. I just don't know yet.

But, as you can see, I've been playing with the new tools and layouts available. Does it take too long for you to load the page?

Comments are enabled right now, so let me know if you can see me. I've missed each and every one of you.

Much love, t.