Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fives- Through the Ages

This week Paper Hangover asks the question What are the five best ages of your life and why?

1. Age 5.  My favorite color was red.  I loved kindergarten.  My favorite thing was learning the alphabet.  For every letter our homework was to cut out pictures from magazines that started with that letter and make a collage.  I went to parochial school but kindergarteners didn't have to wear uniforms.


2. Age 9.  Age 8 was tough.  Nothing could be worse than 8.  My parents got divorced.  My third grade teacher put me in remedial reading, not because I couldn't read but because I was so shy that reading out loud was a problem for me.  My best school friend moved away.  Fourth grade was way better.  I loved my teacher.  I was back in the awesome reading group.  I was on the swim team.  I could walk on stilts. I wanted to be an artist or a teacher.

3. Age 11.  My mom got remarried at we moved.  I started 6th grade in a new school.  That was OK cause everyone else was new on the first day of 6th grade too.  My hobbies were roller skating, swimming and hanging out with friends.  My friends and I started our own babysitter's club.  I listened to New Kids on the Block and planned my future with Joe McIntyre.   I wrote in my first journal in Language Arts class.


4. Age 14.  I was a freshman in high school.   I loved everything about high school.  Pep rallies, dances, football games.  Skipping gym class. I was on the debate team.  I joined the newspaper staff.  I had a job babysitting at the church during choir practice.  I wanted to grow up and work at Sassy magazine.


5. Age 24/25.  I lived in Minneapolis.  I'd recently quit a boring, low paying day job to be a waitress because, well, I made more money being a waitress and I had more free time.  Also my friends were also servers and it was more fun than my other job.  I'd been through a rough relationship and break up but I was on the other side of that.  I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I met someone who reminded me that I loved writing and who planted the idea that I should write for kids.  Her words made sense to me and I've remembered them ever since.



10 comments:

Jennifer Pickrell said...

I am jealous of the stilt-walking - I would have loved that when I was a kid!

Alicia Gregoire said...

What I loved best about kindergarten was nap time. I should've actually utilized it and stilt walking sounds awesome.

Bailey Hammond said...

I can totally walk on stilts! It's the awesomest thing ever, in my opinion. My granddad built them for me and my siblings, and as we got better at walking on them, he'd make them taller. I can still walk using the four foot high stilts we have at our house. It's how I impress new friends. :)

Jaime Morrow said...

Stilts! Awesome! You started a baby-sitters' club? So jealous. I was a major fan of the book series, so I would have been all over that. Great pics and post :)

Colin Smith said...

Sorry guys, I have major vertigo so you're on your own with the stilts. I can look up at you all and be impressed. :)

toni d. said...

Joey Macintyre! *giggles* I was a little too young for NKOTB. NSync and the Backstreet Boys were it for me. :P

Genevieve said...

I had a raging case of school-phobia in kindergarten. NOT my favorite year at all. When I grew up - you guessed it - I became an elementary school teacher! One of my favorite years was 5th grade. It was the year I memorized the states and capitals AND my teacher read amazing literature aloud to us every day. When I grew up - didja guess it? - I became a children's author and poet!

Amber Kallen-Monroe said...

I LOVED seeing the pictures of you through the years. I think I had the very same glasses in my freshman year of HS as you did! Glad to know I wasn't on my own in that fashion statement!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Minneapolis represent! Also, i spent many a summer walking on stilts. As kids, we each had a pair, and we would race around the yard or have stilti fights where we'd try to knock each other off. Good times.
I'm really impressed you can remember your specific years so well. I think my childhood mostly just blurs into one awesome stretch

Kristen Pelfrey said...

What a fun post! And yay for writing for kids.