Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dear old Golden Rule days

I wish I could have seen this school when it was young and busy. I'm fascinated by the separate entrances for BOYS and GIRLS, on opposite sides of the building. Would there have been separate classrooms, too?

Can you just imagine the line of students with their books and bagged lunches, waiting to go inside? Of course, the boys were unruly and noisy while the girls were prim and proper.....or maybe not. :)

I can picture wooden desks in evenly spaced rows, and a big map that unrolls over the blackboard. And there was that faint smell of the custodians' mop when you walked past their closet, single-file, of course. And skinny little paper straws that would collapse if you weren't careful when drinking from the milk cartons. And a library full of wonderful story books.

When I was in grade school and junior high, girls still had to wear dresses (or skirts). I remember that in the early grades when it was snowy and cold, we would tuck our dress into corduroy pull-on pants till we got to school, then take the pants off when we arrived and hang them with our coats until it was time to go home.

The boys all had these black rubber boots that had a type of "buckle" on the front to make them snug so their feet and shoes would stay dry.

A new school was built a block away to replace this one. There had been a community meeting about the fate of this building, which I didn't know about until after it had occurred. I hope it can have a new, useful life.

Reading, and writing, and 'rithmatic, taught to the tune of a hickory stick......

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