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Date Posted: 09:44:08 03/09/09 Mon
Author: Judi G.
Subject: Re: I remember...... Too!
In reply to: John Elberfeld 's message, "Re: I remember...... Too!" on 17:41:33 02/21/09 Sat

John, I just wanted to add one comment to your Miss Mason comment:
I remember Joseph Fitzgerald & he sat in the front row in Miss Mason's classroom. He used to bite his nails terribly & she would put mittens on him. I also remember when his hair got kinda' long, she put a bow in it!! Can you imagine what that did to an 8-9 year old's psyche? It was not his fault that his parents didn't get him a haircut. We were 3rd grade for God's sake. I hated her for the way she treated some kids in her class.
Do you remember the summer of (I think) 6th grade when the library had a contest of sorts going for the most books read over the summer? You won but I was a close second & I always remembered that.
Like I said, it is odd what you remember from childhood.

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! -- John Elberfeld, 17:44:34 03/16/09 Mon [1]


Yes, I have a very clear memory of Joseph with a bow in his hair. I think one time she did it because he talked as much as a girl talked, so he should look like a girl. (Again - don't trust my memory to be accurate, but this is still up there for some reason!) I'm a teacher, still, and am always very careful about what I say and how I say it to my students. I think having some truly sadistic teachers of my own helped me realize how powerful teachers are, and how much damage they can do. (And also how much good we can do with the right words at the right time!)

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! - Reading Contest -- John Elberfeld, 10:23:32 03/20/09 Fri [1]

With a librarian for a mother, do you think I had any choice but to read the most books in that contest? Growing up in a small town with a very demanding parent who worked at the school really cut down on my options. You are right, I didn't remember that you came in second, but I still remember the pressure on me to come in first.
Keep the memories coming - not all are good, but they all need to come out in the open. Thanks.
John "Tiny" Elberfeld

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