January 26th Questions:
1. What was your favorite subject in grade school? Why did you enjoy this subject so much? What was your favorite part about this subject?
I loved Language Arts. Then again, I love to read. I remember reading ahead in the lesson while the teacher was talking, but also reading pages ahead. I absolutely loved the stories. I don’t think I could get enough!
2. Tell me about your best friend in grade school. Do you still keep in touch? If not, why did the friendship dissolve?
My best friend was Lisa Rumsey. We became friends on the last day of kindergarten when we first met. The last day meant that both afternoon and morning kindergartens were combined for the whole day, which is how we met. Lisa and I stayed friends until 11th grade when we just seemed to drift apart. I miss her and I’ve thought of her off and on over the years.
Where ever you are Lisa, I wish you well!
3. Do you remember your first day of school? If not your very first day, then please tell us about the earliest memory of your first day of school – how did you feel? What did you wear? Did it take long for you to make new friends? Do you remember anything about the classroom or the teacher?
On my first day of school, my dad took the day off work and drove me to school. My biological mother had passed away just a couple weeks before. I don’t remember what I was wearing and the classroom was a bit familiar to me as I had seen it when my mother registered me for school that last time she was home from the hospital. My teacher was Miss Kennedy, who after the end of the year got married and moved away. I didn’t say much of anything that year in class unless directly spoken to by the teacher. She apparently thought I was so traumatized by my mother’s passing that I didn’t talk much. It wasn’t until she saw me playing on the playground with my friends towards the end of the year that she understood otherwise. My father had raised me to not speak unless spoken to in the presence of adults. I’ve been making up for that ever since!
4. Let’s jump to middle school. What were your middle school years like? Did you have a lot of friends? Did you adjust quickly or slowly to the change from grade school? What was your favorite subject in middle school?
In middle school, I had a new peer group that I didn’t exactly fit in with. We were from different socio-economical backgrounds. We came from different elementary schools. And suddenly I was in the honors program. So while I had a lot of friends, I didn’t ever totally fit in and I never fully felt accepted. It wasn’t a hard transition, but not a really easy one either.
My favorite subject in middle school was history. In 7th grade, Mr. Cheney taught mainly via lecture. Try, college level lecture. I loved it as he walked us through the big bang and the bible and all the way up through the civil war. He used to diagram the hoplite formations of Leonidas 1 and Xerses 1 at the Battle of Thermopylae, the movement and expansion of other great civilizations. He made history come alive. Most history that I know and remember came from his teachings.
Monday Morning Meme
January 26, 2009 by Oregon Sunshine