Remember when I confessed to you about being directionally challenged? Well, I was just recalling some of my memories from as early as first grade of my little disability.
You see, I never went to preschool or Kindergarten, so first grade was my very first experience in a school setting. I remember thinking, “WHY are we always lining up?! And WHY are there so many places to go?!”
It seemed like I would be sitting in my little desk minding my own business and the teacher would randomly call out for us to line up. I don’t know if she didn’t tell us where we were going, or if I just didn’t pay attention, but I NEVER seemed to know where we were headed.
I just followed the line and I’d always be surprised when we ended up at the restrooms or the water fountain or the cafeteria or the playground.
A couple of times I got to the cafeteria and had to ask to go back to the classroom to get my lunchbox. I’m sure my teacher, Mrs. Harris, was thrilled with the prodigy/genius material she had in me.
But I wasn’t through impressing her yet! I decided that since I never knew where we would be going, I would just carry my lunchbox with me wherever we went. That way, I would always be prepared!
If we lined up to go to the restrooms, I had my lunchbox. When it was time for recess, I took my lunchbox. You never know when you’ll end up at the cafeteria, after all!
You would think it would have been easier to just PAY attention to what time it was or LISTEN to what we were doing, but I figured I’d just play it safe and carry that lunchbox with me wherever we went.
That strategy served me well. I never showed up at the cafeteria empty handed after that!
What are your earliest school memories?