Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Big Disappointment

This is a picture of me on my first day of school - September 1948.  We didn't have public kindergarten then.  There was private but it was costly. So it was first grade.  I was ready.  Grandpa had taught me several words including MAHOGANY(?).  I could spell cat and dog and several other words, too. I knew that when I went to school I was going to learn  to read - that very day!  I was so excited.  When I got home that day I would be able to read the newspaper to my mom and dad.  Here's where the disappointment comes in - we didn't even do reading that day.  They didn't even start for a couple weeks and then when they did it was excrutiatingly boring and slow.  We had the Jim and Judy primers.  "Look, Jim, look.  See Spot run. Run Spot run!" This went on forever and I guess I finally learned to read.  But not the first day!   Diane

8 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You look very cute,all dressed up and off to school. I am glad you persisted and did learn how to read.

Pondside said...

What a little cutie you were! That smile is still there - I can see it.
Funny, but I remember the very same disappointment after my first day - I SO wanted to read!

Laurie said...

What a cute picture Diane! I still remember the dress I wore to my first day of kindergarten. Our books were Dick and Jane, same thing. Only it was first grade before we started to learn to read. Kindergarten concentrated on colors, shapes, and learning to tie our shoes! Boy have times changed!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute little school girl. I love your little dress.

I remember "See Spot Run"... We had that primer also....

Glad you did learn to read.. I did too!!!! These days kids are pushed much harder than we were...But are they any smarter? I doubt it.
Hugs,
Betsy

June said...

This picture of you is SO CUTE!!!! I love the story of your 'big disappointment' Diane. Such a cute story.
big hugs...

mudderbear said...

Diane, this is just so delightful. I love the picture and the hair and the pretty plaid dress. I had similer experiences with reading including the disappointment that it didn't just happen overnight. Oh, and no kindergarten, which I never have missed.

polkadotpeticoat said...

My mom told me after the first day of 1st grade I came home and asked if i could go back into Kindergarten because it was too hard....your so cute.

Name: Amanda said...

You are so cute. I was scared that I was going to be stupid and never understand what everyone else was learning. It is so stressful being 6. xobean