I may not remember the last time my kids had a bath or when my van’s oil was changed, but I remember a lot about the year I was five.
For whatever bizarre reason, I can still name all 25 kids in my Kindergarten class picture. And I can also remember the girl with the uneven bangs, the dimples, and the psychedelic shirt.
I was the only girl who wore jeans for photo day. One other girl, my cousin, was dressed in navy cords, a white blouse, and a fancy blue vest.
We were farm kids. We didn’t own dresses. They weren’t practical, especially not for sporty girls with rough-and-tumble older siblings. Girls who played in the mud, weeded the garden, skated on ponds, and wandered through the bush collecting ticks.
I could write a series on my life in Kindergarten. If I did, it might include
- My mom getting pulled over by a small town cop while driving me to my Kindergarten interview.
- My mom trying to enroll me in Kindergarten a year early, since I was one of the oldest of my class-to-be; the school board wouldn’t let me.
- The Kindergarten teacher–in the first few weeks of school–wanting me to go to Grade 1, with the support of the school board; my mom wouldn’t let me.
- Laying wide awake in the blocks section during nap time.
- A classmate often having horrific nightmares during nap time. Years later, adult-me would wonder about her home life.
- Getting one mistake on a comprehension test. In one square, I had to draw a woman. My drawing was wrong because it featured an androgynous stick-woman wearing pants.
- Loving the full-day program which started after Easter. I could ride the bus with my Grade 6 sister, and even my Grade 8 brother, who was at the big school.
- Adoring my brown lunch box, a hand-me-down, with its side panels covered in gold and brown wallpaper.
Nothing like going back to move forward.
Please go check out the school photos of some other bloggers, such as Keenie Beanie and Clay Morgan. If you posted a photo on your blog, please include a link in the comment section. I promise to visit (and maybe even send you a searchbomb).