July 6, 2006

Elementary, My Dear

Inspired by a recent post at New Mama's Nest, I thought I'd have a try at something similar- recalling things from elementary school and see what else comes flooding back that I didn't realize I'd remembered! If you'd like to participate in your own way, too, make sure to let me know in your comments! (And, I tag Lori!)

One of my most vivid memories of kindergarten is when I convinced another little girl (I won't say whom, but I do remember her full name!) that I could write and she had me write a message to her little brother on a coloring paper. When the teacher saw my scribbling (seriously, I thought I was writing!) she scolded me. I think she thought I was trying to ruin her paper, when really I only had the best of intentions! I was only 5!

In first grade I remember having to go to the bathroom SO very bad it hurt- and I raised my hand to tell the teacher but she wouldn't call on me. I remember raising my hand with tears coming down my face and as I tried to hold it in, and I ended up having an accident right there in my seat, in my new gray outfit with balloons on it, so utterly humiliating. Of course then I was sent to the bathroom (finally!) and then to the office to wait for my mom to bring me clean clothes, and feel further embarrassment then. I couldn't help it!

One of the only things I clearly remember about second grade was being called out to the hall, and my mom was there, and she told me that my Gram had passed away. At that time I think I was closer to Gram than any other person in the world. I won't ever forget that hallway, the cold, dingy white-tiled floor and fluorescent lights on the ceiling. I missed a whole week of school and a neighbor made me a homemade Cabbage Patch Doll to make me feel better.

Oh, I do remember one other thing about second grade- my teacher Mrs. Gaddis had a fun way to get rid of your hiccups- when you didn't expect it she would yell, "BOO!" really loud and scare them out of you, but really she only did it for a kid once and thereafter every kid mysteriously always had the hiccups and wanted her to do it to them.

In the third grade, we moved and I went to one school the first semester and started a new school the second semester. That was a very rough year for me. My only friend for a while was my teacher, Mr. Green. No one else liked him because he was very strict, but since I didn't know anyone, I was very good at only concentrating on my schoolwork and would rather stay inside during recess to do my work or help the teacher. I think that was the grade I saw the plus of becoming a teacher's pet and I fit into that roll pretty much every grade after that.

In fourth grade I won the spelling bee (in my class) and had a really cool teacher who would let us have reading time and we could sit on the floor or on a couch in our room. I found a writing exercise from this grade: (I am having troubles inserting the picture.)

Hi. My name is Stephanie. I am eleven years old. I like to play the piano, sing, and act. I have one mom, one dad, two dogs, and one brother. When I grow up I want to be a singer or a secretary. But I really want to be an actress.

And from fifth grade, I found that I had big plans for the future-

The Year 2013
It's the year 2013. I'm living in a beautiful 4-story cabin in the Rocky Mountains. I married a brain surgeon who makes $64,000 a month. At the age of 23 I had twins: Rebecca & Kirstin. Every summer we visit my parents in Wyoming and my husband's parents in Washington. Our parents take us to Hawaii every spring break. We go the whole way by boat cruise. This summer we're moving to Hawaii because my husband is getting a better job for brain and cancer. Most surfers there hit their heads on surf boards and have brain damage. We already bought a 7-story mansion in Honolulu. I'm going to visit my friends Tanya & Erin in New York, New York when my husband works days.

By Stephanie, 5th grade, 1988.

I think I like just how my future has gone, but if hubby makes $64,000 a month by 2013, I won't mind at all!


  1. Those are great memories! Isn't it amazing what a young mind will remember. I think of that often with my kids getting older. Especially my oldest at 9, she is going to remember a lot from now on. It's kind of intimidating in a way.

    Wow - $64,000 a month? Bring it on!!

  2. A 7-story mansion, huh? Can I borrow that some time? :-)

  3. That's so much fun! Ahh, the plans of 5th graders :)

    (Did you go to Paul Saylor? My brother and I both had Mrs. Gaddis in the second grade too!)

  4. Fun to look back and wonder what our kids will remember, huh?

    $64,000 a month, wow!

  5. Oh. my. gosh. Okay, TMI, but I pee'd my pants for that exact reason, too, also in first grade! Those teachers! And in 5th & 6th grade I won our school spelling bees, too! But you had/ have way bigger aspirations: 64k a MONTH??? that's a hoot!!!
    PS: YEAH!! You changed your setting who/ how we coment.

  6. This post is so great. I guess I can join your and Jess' peeing your pants club, but mine happened in the 3rd grade in the middle of the library floor because my friend made me laugh so hard. The librarian called me on it when I left a spot on the carpet -- I was so devastated. I think I may still be scarred!

  7. I sure hope that mansion comes with a maid.

    Too cute!!!

  8. I love your 2013 predictions---especially regarding all the brain damaged surfers your husband saves to the tune of $64,000 a month.

    I peed my pants in Kindergarten while leading the Pledge of Allegience.

  9. Wow- I have to say I was a bit hesitant to admit I peed my pants, but am finding I am not alone! Thanks, everyone!

  10. This is another weird thing about us: I also moved in the middle of 3rd grade...and my new teacher was named Mr. Green...

  11. Loved it. Your blog and lori's PLUS a trip to my old elementary inspired me to make a post based on elementary days as well.

  12. I love that little letter you saved from 5th grade! That is too funny! And what an excellent future you have to look forward to! If you need a charity to donate some of your monthly earnings to, please feel free to contribute to the Kari-and-Adam-are-Poor-and-Don't Make $64,000 a YEAR-Foundation.


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