Kindergarten ain't just for kids!

Reblogger Kathy Streib
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

If you didn't participate in Charles Buell's Under the Kitchen Sink contest, this is one we can all do.  School is starting (or has started for some) and with that comes memories of our own childhood.. especially starting in Kindergarten.

Write your own story and let us share in your childhood.  This should be a fun read... remember the Diary of a Realtor challenge! 

So, fire up the dendrites and try to remember back to when you were 5.. for some of us that will take quite a bit of firing!  Stop by Charles' blog but if you'd like to stop here to say "hello" that's ok too!

Original content by Charles Buell

Sending ones kids off to Kindergarten for the first time is another one of those first steps that signal the coming end of TOTAL parental influence over the kids (basically another illusion biting the dust).  One can argue this is a bad thing, a good thing or a combination of the two,  but that is not an argument I want to get into right now---perhaps another time.

Me as a kidI would like for you, my reader, for a moment, to go back to Kindergarten, or at least to think about Kindergarten for a bit---about your own experience of Kindergarten---not your kid's experience of Kindergarten.

Everything I am doing right now as an adult, all started when I was in Kindergarten.  

Actually probably sooner, but for the purpose of this exercise, Kindergarten will do.  For those of you too old to have gone to Kindergarten...........wait a minute there can't be anyone THAT old!

I still remember Kindergarten and Mrs. Maddox---I loved Mrs. Maddox for sure.  Kite

It was 1952, and the most important thing I remember is "cardboard boxes."  I entertain myself with thinking that my parents were listening to Billie Holiday---when I am sure they were listening to Eddie Fisher.  Eisenhower became president, and the French were still in Vietnam---I REALLY wish they had stayed there---I REALLY wish Eisenhower was still president.  There was no Sesame Street, but Howdy Doody and the Lone Ranger were HUGE.  The National Dept would fit inside today's debt 53 times---even with inflation that seems like a lot.  As a comparison 53 times the price of gas from 1952 would result in  gas costing $13.25 per gallon today.  I am sure that if Kindergarten involved any serious math I would have gotten to hang out with Mrs. Maddox for a second year.  But as it turned out, I had to head to first grade taught by my Aunt Bea.

I wish I had more memories of Kindergarten, but at least I have a few----probably more than most other grades.  I used to construct cardboard box houses for everyone to take naps in.  Today, whenever I smell cardboard I am taken back to that time.  I remember the boxes being huge---and of course they were huge when I was only 40 inches tall.    Just like back then, I still love naps.  I have spent most of my life napping building houses or in some way involved with the housing industry.  Of course there have been other interests along the way, and I know I was an artsy type even back then in Kindergarten.  These early "structures" certainly had a profound affect on the rest of my life, even though back then I would not have had a clue where I was going.  Now at least I can "think" I know where I am going---even though the truth is that I am still pretty clueless.  Such is the loss of innocence.  Kindergarten is also responsible for my early addiction to homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk---now pretty much transformed to straight chocolate.

But now lets get back to the point of this post.  

The painful memories of my Last Contest have since gone down the drain and I am ready for another one.  

The idea behind this contest is as simple as a kitchen sink:  just tell your very own Kindergarten story.

I am quite confident that if you think about it, you can find the roots of what you do now, as an adult, back in those innocent times.  Your job now is to tell us all about it.

For this contest there will be the necessary panel of illustrious judges:
Gary Woltol  Gary Woltol
Alan May  Alan May
Sally Weatherly  Sally Weatherly
Amy Hahn  Amy Hahn
Jason Sardi  Jason Sardi
Karla Muss-Jacobs  Carla Muss-Jacobs
Peg Barcelo-Jacobs  Peg Barcelo-Jackson
Me as a kid  Charles Buell

Referee extrodinare:
Kerrie Greenhalgh   Kerrie Greenhalgh

Of course there will be the obligatory monstrous amount of points, but since this is Kindergarten---the numbers will be appropriate.

1234 x 2 (2468) points for 1st place.
567 x 3 (1701) points for 2nd place.
89 x 4 (356) points for 3rd place.
300 points just for entering (that would be on top of your normal 225 points).

A link to your post must be placed in the comments of this post (This should be adequate to keep me from screwing up this contest).

The contest starts now---and ends at Midnight, East Coast Time, August 31st.

Have fun my fellow Kindergarteners! 



Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Never in a million years would I tell on myself.  But, it could be fun to read the entries.

And, congratulations on being named a moderator of BananaTude!

Aug 16, 2011 05:54 AM #1
John McCarthy
Bean Group Portsmouth NH - North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Kathy,

This contest looks like fun and I can't wait to read some of the entries. Notice I didn't say provide an entry? Kindergarten hadn't been invented when I was young ;-)

Aug 16, 2011 08:57 AM #2
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kathy, another contest!  What do you do when you didn't go to Kindergarten?  :-)

Aug 16, 2011 11:45 AM #3
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kathy--I just saw Julia's blog on what she learned in kindergarten so now I know why she wrote that.  Looks like this could be another fun contest and more photos!  Thanks for the reblog.

Aug 16, 2011 12:25 PM #4
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kathy, I literally can't remember anything about Kindergarten LOL. I guess I didn't like it all that much ;).

Aug 16, 2011 12:50 PM #5
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

First I was wondering, 2 Kindergarden stories, got it there is a contest, nice story and good motivation to think outside the box...

Aug 16, 2011 01:18 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I missed this so thanks for the reblog.  I love this and can not wait to read all the entries.

Aug 16, 2011 02:19 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It sounds like a fun contest and it will interesting to see the posts.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 16, 2011 02:33 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Don- thank you and come on... we want to hear about YOU at 5!

John- give me a break... yes it was so we want to hear from you.  

Silvia- Well, let's see...what were you doing at 5 in Germany?  Now that would be somethng interesting for us!

Janet- I read someone else's today but didn't think about it until someone reblogged the contest. 

Janice- I do remember a little and I do mean little.

Barbara- I know... when you begin to see posts that are carrying the same theme..think CONTEST!

Tammy - don't stop there... let's hear about you in Kindergarten.

Lou- now don't tell me you didn't go to Kindergarten!  Let's see one from you!


Aug 16, 2011 02:47 PM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Sounds like a great contest. So far, I've enjoyed the stories I've read. I'll have to see if I can find a photo of me and try to create a story. I'll give it my best shot.


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