Kindergarten- I Have No Idea Who that Little Kid Was!

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Kindergarten- I Have No Idea Who that Little Kid Was!

Seriously, I really don't know who that little girl was... it was 56 years ago!!  Isn't it funny how there are some things you can remember as if it were yesterday and then there are others that had you not been told you were there, you would not have believed it. 


Well, my first endeavor at higher education was not totally forgotten by me.  I do remember my teacher, and I apologize because I'm sure she was a good teacher but I cannot remember her name, anyway, she came to my house to visit and introduce herself to my family and to me.  

I'm not sure if teachers do that today but it certainly left an impression on me.  She wanted for us to get off to a good start and also to ease any fears I had.  Even at 5,,, I was impressed.  

This was probably a good thing to do because in those days I don't think we had pre-school or pre-K.  You stayed at home until you went to Kindergarten. Our socialization came from playing outside with neighbors and family.   Outside of attending Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, this was my first experience at having to really behave and "play well with others!"

milkI attended a Lutheran school although we were Methodists, and the lunchroom was in the basement of the church.  What I do remember is that at the end of lunch you had to file out of the cafeteria and show  your teachers that you had eaten all of your lunch.  That presented a problem for me on days that I bought my lunch.  You see, when you bought your lunch you got a little carton of milk.  I am not a milk drinker ... didn't like it then.  The only way I drank it was if it was an accompaniment to my Frosted Flakes! 

But being the quiet-not wanting to rock the boat-obedient student that I was, I didn't dare tell my teacher I didn't drink milk.  That would have been down right un-American.  So, on those torturous days, I ate my lunch and forced myself to drink that little carton of milk.  Needless to say, I did manage to survive.

Kindergarten was also the time I learned that some kids liked the class so much they decided to take it again the next year.  In my 5 year old eyes, I believed my teacher when she told the class that little Johnny was staying behind to help the new Kindergarteners.  What can I say, I'm gullible.  

So I don't know if everything I learned I learned in Kindergarten, but I do know I learned that-
  ..... it never hurts to introduce yourself to others and be nice
 ............Speak up if you don't like something
...................Don't believe every line they try to feed you! 



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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You learned a lot of social skills in Kindergarten even though you don't remember much else. I like milk only in cereal too Kathy or disguised in my latte!

Aug 17, 2011 04:09 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Milk is a bad are better off without it anyways!  I didn't go to wasn't available in my town...we started school in first grade.  I feel so deprived!

Aug 17, 2011 06:27 AM #19
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

I don't remember much from when I was little... cute post Kathy :)

Aug 17, 2011 07:34 AM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Where does the go, enjoyed the post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 17, 2011 09:28 AM #21
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Kathy - I do have several memories of kindergarten, but I can't remember my teaches name for the life of me.  Love the line "I learned that some kids liked the class so much they decided to take it again the next year" too funny, sometimes little white lies are the best thing.

Aug 17, 2011 09:34 AM #22
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Kathy and VB loves your story, thanks for the read and have a wonderful day ...

VB ;o)

Aug 17, 2011 10:48 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Craig- if you don't enter this contest so we can get a peek into you at 5... I'll be very disappointed. 

Jeremy- I can actually remember how I felt when I found out that the little boy was not staying behind "willingly" ... the light bulb went off in my head! Oh did I say 56 years ago... I meant 46! (I wish!)

Sheila- if that's all you remember... that's not such a bad memory...milk and cookies.

Julia- You're not a milk drinker either?  Oh I'm still a little gullible but I think it's because I want everyone to be telling the truth.

Janet- I don't know what it is.  I do have to have lactose free milk now if I want to eat cereal.  

Wayne- I think you're the second one who didn't go to Kindergarten!  What's with that.  I didn't want to blow the pic up too much because it was not my best photogenic moment but I'm easy to spot.  First row all the way to the right. 

Jeremy- Hey... don't get me too large!!!

Wanda- since I realized I have a problem with milk and some dairy products I've limited my milk intake... oh I still have my cafe mocha!

Sharon- so if milk is bad does that rule out ice cream and Mac & cheese???  Oh no.. another person deprived of the Kindergarten experience!

Patty- oh come on.. you're younger than I am so it should be closer to you!

Lou- thank you and see you tomorrow at the WCR breakfast!

Michelle- I think so too... it was very kind of our teacher to explain it that way.

VB- well if VB likes it, then I'm happy.  So are we going to hear about your Kindergarten year?

Aug 17, 2011 01:26 PM #24
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Kathy:   So cute and so endearing.  I love your recount of what went on all that time ago.   Imagine getting a little carton of milk.   We did not have that at the Catholic school I went to and I am sure that I would have been fussy about anything given to me that did not come from my mother's fridge. 

Aug 17, 2011 02:23 PM #25
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Kathy - love the group picture - and I know what you mean about MILK!  thanks for sharing your story!

Aug 17, 2011 03:11 PM #26
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Kathy, I love what you learned from your experience! It's too bad they don't let kids 'help' the new kindergarteners anymore. Kids get passed whether or not they should be...

Aug 17, 2011 03:51 PM #27
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Kathy,  what a fun to read & delightful recap of your 'kindergarten' year.  I'd say you gained some fine insight from your 1st school experience.  But I'm afraid I'm with you - I really DON'T remember a whole lot.  I'll have to try and 'sleep' on it and see if a memory or two surfaces.. .  Harder for me in my 'older' age... :)

Aug 18, 2011 12:19 AM #28
Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Look at all those adorable dresses!  I'm a milk drinker but I hated drinking it out of those cartons.

Aug 18, 2011 01:31 AM #29
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Kathy, I can't imagine anyone not liking milk in kinder LOL, it was my favorite part, milk break, at least you had the frosted flakes, now days that would be banned in school:)  Love your post.

Aug 18, 2011 03:41 AM #30
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Valerie- I was never a fussy eater except for that darned milk.

Louise- I'm beginning to see that a lot of our parents had a bit of a time trying to get us to drink our milk.

Peg- I agree with you... we've got to teach our children to read.. we owe them that.

Pamela- you're preaching to the choir here.... it's funny some of the things I can remember and scary what I can't.

Laura- oh yes.. remember when school meant dresses!  Maybe they should have given me milk in a little bottle. 

Ana- Oh I know.. too much sugar.  But I love the milk after it's been sitting around all of those Frosted Flakes.

Aug 18, 2011 07:25 AM #31
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Kathy the milk was revolting even to a milk drinker, it was warm, gross.  They let it sit in a crate with all the other room temperature little cartons.  No wonder I ate paste.

Aug 21, 2011 02:18 PM #32
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Liz- egads.. pleast tell me you didn't eat paste.  Double ick!! You know what was worse was when they would serve grapefruit sections on the lunch plate.  Milk and grapefruit... no way. 

Aug 21, 2011 03:35 PM #33
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kathy, I too remember that carton of milk. In our time we had to pay 25 cents each week for the milk. I liked it, and would sometimes try to get teh chocolate milk, but the slip from home said white milk only, please. Thanks for sharing

Aug 23, 2011 08:24 AM #34
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ed- looks like your parents were on to you.  I don't remember what milk cost but it was so long ago.  

Aug 23, 2011 08:29 AM #35
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Kathy - I love the last three lines!  And I especially am taken that the Teacher came to your home to introduce herself.  I'm pretty sure that doesn't go on today and know that didn't happen with me some thirty years back. 

No worries, I don't like milk either.

Aug 28, 2011 11:00 AM #36
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jason-it was a very different time, wasn't it.  I think now parents can go to the classroom to visit but I don't think it would hurt for them to see the child's environment.  

Aug 28, 2011 03:47 PM #37
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