When I was five I couldn’t wait to start school. I wanted to read schoolbooks, eat school lunch, play during recess and do everything else that I had so often heard older kids talk about doing. But alas, I was too young for all of that right?
One idle weekday in the 1970’s, my mom and I were partaking in an unconventional, yet hearty, breakfast of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Friends, this was one of my most favorite meals because mama used real cheese with the red stuff around it. After one bite, that cheese stretched for miles. It was delicious! Oooohweeeee! If memory serves, she called it hoop cheese.
Did I just digress? I beg your pardon. Just stay with me 😉
Anyway, while we were eating, my mom’s friend came over for a visit. After a quick exchange of pleasantries, mama’s friend looked at me with a puzzled stare and asked, “Why is Gwin out of school?” Mom replied, “She ain’t started school yet.” Mama’s friend tilted her head slightly and asked, “How old is she?” Both mama and I replied, in tandem, “five.”
Mama’s friend went on to inform us that I should have already started Kindergarten. Yikes!
You see, what had happened was…
My parents had never really heard of Kindergarten. When they were growing up, there was no such thing. During those days, kids started school in first grade.
And so, mama called the local Board of Education and they confirmed that I should have started Kindergarten about two weeks earlier. The ‘Board’ also told her the name of the school that I was to report to. She was advised to take me there –pronto– and to bring along a litany of important documents.
So off we went! My first day of school ever and I was two weeks late!
After we arrived, mama said, “Alright, I’m gonna take you to your class so you can meet your new teacher.” I said, “Ok.” Just as we approached my new class, mama gave me a kiss. About that time, my new teacher, Mrs. Polk, walked up to greet us. She formally introduced herself and assured both mama and me that I would be just fine. She then took my hand to escort me into my new class. After one or two steps, I turned around and said to mama, without so much as a whimper, “You forgot my lunch money!”
Uh hmm 😉 WHATEVER, I couldn’t wait to try some of that school lunch the kids talked about 🙂
My dear hearts let me assure you, in the end, everything went smooth. Fortunately for me, mama and daddy had already taught me all the ABCs and 123s. In fact, after being tested, I was immediately assigned to the highest group!
Not bad for a kid who was epically late for her first day of Kindergarten!