This evening I went through my sixth grade (1998-1999) yearbook and thought it would be fun to look them up on myspace. Along my journey I found a few were married, some already have children, some gay, some in the military, a few moved far away, others still loving with mom and dad…It’s just amazing to see how some people changed (for good and worse) since 10 years ago. I graduated in 2005 so a few people I have seen in the last 4 years but many others it’s been much longer. Have you ever wondered what happened to kids you went to school with? Still close friends with any? I still have one friend who’s lived in Montreal since I went to 8th grade but we’ve remained relatively close. I even went to visit him in March 2007. That’s a long story for another day though 🙂 (photo credit : class of 1960)
Category Archives: childhood
I don’t remember much of my childhood. Random moments here and there. I sometimes wonder if mt students will remember me. They might remember a random holiday performance or Graduation, but they will not remember exactly what I look like or how I talked. The only recollection they’ll get will probably be from a class photo. Yet, I know that I am setting the foundation for their future. It is so exciting to hear a child spell his/her name for the first time. See them using manners and helping each other after constant repetition of teaching the principles.
Even though my students may not remember me in the years to come what matters to me is making them smile and learn. This week’s theme is about pirates and I wanted to send my class on a “treasue hunt” I could’ve simply put goodies in a treasure box replica and the class would’ve been fine, but they’re seen the replica this whole year. So instead I opted to waste spend $50 on goodies and a treasure box pinata to add the extra excitement for them. I really wish I had more time, and materials to do all I wanted to do in my classroom. For the amount of money my job makes, and being the best in the city, the teachers don’t get the amount of materials needed to expand our creativity.
(photo credit: mbauhs)
While looking at an amazing photo I read the caption by rosiehardy that stated this “..I wanted to show in this series is what it would look like to see the kids we all used to be doing what we do now. Everyone seems to be so tired and it seems that that excitement that life had when we were little has kind of faded out.”
Is it not true? When we were children there was no worry about bills or politics. All I cared about was who I would pick to play on my team for kickball. I honestly think my younger self would be upset to see me right now, sitting on the computer and talking about my missed childhood. When do we stop that enjoyment of life? By the end of elementary school, cliques begin to form, in junior high you form into your stereotype and in high school all innocence is lost. I once dreamed of being like Barbie with the big white wedding gown, and now I am 21, on my second engagement and planning my elopement. I have been in a community college for 4 years, all to complete an AA degree (usually takes 2 years). I work 40+ hours a week teaching (hey i got one childhood dream covered!) but the only fun I have is a quiet time with my fiance that doesn’t cost much so that we can afford our rent.
It’s sad but true. No child wants to grow up to be gloomy yet we find ourselves as adults forgetting the happiness in life.
(photo credit: just luh.)