December 20, 2005

Remembering The Age of 5...


When I was 5 years old, I was in Kindergarten. Here are a few of the things I remember about my kindergarten year: I remember getting in trouble for showing a girl how to crack her knuckles. I had to help her with it, and apparently the teacher thought I was trying to hurt her. I think the other little girl did too, and so she missed the best part of the lesson; how you only have to wait about 20 minutes and you can pop each one again. I remember cutting out a picture of a tomato from a magazine that looked more like a circular saw-blade by the time I was through with it. And the teacher, when she saw it said, "You can do better than that." I remember trying to test the teachers' claims that they could see through the walls by raising my head up and looking all around during "nap time". I remember wanting to participate in "Show and Tell" one day, so I cut out a lady's picture from the TV Guide at the last moment before I left the house for school. Hey, it got me up in front of the room, and I just held it up to show the class. The teacher then reminded me there was a "tell" portion to this game, and urged me to say something about the picture. So I said that the woman in the picture was dead. Teacher said, "Oh my! Really? How did she die?" Tragic plane crash, I explained. She then answered how odd that was as she'd just seen the woman on the Jackie Gleason show the very night before. I remember thinking something like "bite me" at that point even though that expression hadn't really become popular yet in 1967.

My buddy LR over at "That's the way my cookie crumbles..." inspired this post, and I hope you'll go read her touching
Life Lessons At 5. It's an awesome post. Enjoy!

21 Comments:

Blogger Karlos said...

Great post Ivy. Is that you in the red dress in the top row? I don’t think I even have a kindergarten class photo. 1st grade is as far back as I go.

3:12 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hivy, that's you 2nd from the left in the 2nd row.
Those were the good old days!!

4:42 AM  
Blogger Trucker Bob said...

Hey you, you're not getting away that easy. My guess is the same as carlos .

I wish you and your's the best this Xmas season.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Penny said...

Kindergarten? You actually remember that?! I'm still trying to remember what I did in High School!

Not even going to try to guess which one is you ... I don't wanna get hurt!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Ivy the Goober said...

OK, people! Stop trying to figure out which one was me. Remember, I'm the one who does not own a scanner and likely wouldn't know how to operate it if I did. I shamelessly swiped that picture from the internet after googling images of "kindergarten 1967" But at the time I probably looked the most like the girl in the back row red dress :)

6:13 AM  
Blogger bornfool said...

I was in kindergarten in '68 and have a picture just like that. Who'd a thunk we'd ever get this old. ;)

7:17 AM  
Blogger bubba said...

Yep, I see a resemblence in one of them. What you swiped it? lol. Your not in there? Well kiss me stupid. I'm outta here.

Merry Christmas

7:40 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

At my age ~ I have only two memories of kindergarten:
1) NAPS
2) a girl named Marianne who chased me ALL THE TIME so that she could kiss me (yukkie!!!)
Boy has life ever changed (NOW I would probably enjoy at least one of these! :) ~ jb///

10:55 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Sounds like your teacher had some kind of a one-up-man-ship going on with you. What did she care if the lady wasn't really dead? Some might say, she was teaching you not to lie, but then SHE claimed to see through walls.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I don't like that teacher. What was her problem?

I didn't go to kindergarten. I don't have many memories of the first grade. But I like your post. Good idea.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Pat Angello said...

When I was in kindergarden I wore aftershave one day to impress a girl. She said, "what smells so funny?"

I think it worked!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Deals On Wheels said...

Haha...your posts always make me laugh.

When I was five, my sister was born and my kindergarten teacher insisted that I get up in front of the class and talk about it.

I didn't want a little sister, so I got up in front of everyone and just started crying. The teacher asked me what was wrong and I annouced that I now had a little sister and I was sure she was going to grow up and steal all of my toys.

So, yeah, I don't think that went as planned!

2:46 PM  
Blogger aka_monty said...

The biggest thing I remember about Kindergarten was my boyfriend Brian throwing up in class. Ick.

And by the way, you're a big liar.
Shame on you. ;)

(actually I'm just jealous because I never thought of anything cool like that for show & tell)

3:28 PM  
Blogger FTS said...

I just remember some stupid girls who kicked my shions under the table at lunch. They had this crazy notion that I was pulling their pigtails in class. Hmpf.

5:30 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

We went to a country school and didn't have kindergarden, or if we did it didn't start until third grade. ec

6:29 PM  
Blogger Sudiegirl said...

When i was five, I could read before most of the other kids in my class. I got teased too.

I also (according to my teacher) flushed an air freshener down the toilet. Now THAT I don't remember.

Sudiegirl

8:03 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Ivy,
I'm stopping by to wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Christmas. Merry Christmas.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Deals On Wheels said...

aka_Monty: You had a boyfriend in KINDERGARTEN? Was I the only one who thought that boys were wormy, weird and full of cooties at that age (because it is very possible that I was just slow...)?!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Lis said...

HAHAAAAAAAA.....tragic plane crash. I'm thinking that teacher went home and shared her "IVY" story with everyone she met!
The most memorable "show and tell" from my kindergarten days was the time Jamie Mills brought his grandfathers dentures in an empty mayonaise jar. When the teacher asked "How gramps was going to eat that day" Jamie told us "he will probably just borrow Grandma's teeth!" EWWW!

PS. Thanks for the kind words about my post!!!

8:24 AM  
Blogger MarkD60 said...

My first valentines day I thought we were supposed to make the valentines. So I cut heart shapes out of notebook paper and colored them with crayons. then everybody else had the store bought type and I was embarrased passing out my home made ones.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Da Gal said...

ohmygawd Ivy... I loved the post and now the comments are freaking cracking me up even more. I don't remember who said it and I'm too lazy to scroll upward but I definitely thought boys were ishy in kindergarten. I was conniving enough to get my neighbor Jay, who had a crush on em to eat a large brown crayon because I told him it was a tootsie roll. That got him to leave me alone for a little while anyway... probably until the next time he pushed my ass off a big ol freaking snow pile. pay backs are a bitch...

Merry Christmas lady!

10:43 AM  

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