Do you ever think about all the papers your kids bring home from school? There are some that will be treasured, just as there are “special” teachers during their school days.
What about you? Do you have papers from your school days? Do you remember all your teachers? What about those favorite teachers? Or, maybe those that weren’t “favorites” at all! I remember one of my favorite teachers was John Bonam, history teacher from Swanton Local Schools in Swanton, Ohio. He was the type of teacher that made American History come alive. Instead of just reading about people in our books, he was able to add anecdotes for some of the more illustrious figures such as Ben Franklin and Andrew Jackson.
Have you thought about writing down your thoughts of school? Or, draw the school as you remember it? It certainly doesn’t have to be drawn to scale–but rather what teacher was in what room. Who taught what grade?
Remember black boards? Radiators where you put your snowy mittens? Pictures of George Washington on the wall? The desks in high school which were so small you couldn’t get a notebook AND your text book open at the same time? And of course, “mystery meat” in the cafeteria!
Put down your thoughts and include them in your family history. Who knows, you may want to take these thoughts to your next class reunion and compare with others?