Thursday, October 21, 2010

Making the "Grade"

I recently found my grade card from the 1st grade. It was on the bottom of an old dust covered box. You never know what you're going to find in old dust covered boxes, it is always an adventure. Sometimes I actually find something that solves an old mystery such as the instructions I lost back in the 1970s for the Rubik's Cube I had. I could never figure out how to solve it, but I always had the excuse that I lost the instructions.

If you will note, you will see that there are both regular letter grades, and "S" grades which as the key states mean "Satisfactory Attitudes". I noticed that I got an "S-" in neatness. I didn't even know "Satisfactory Attitude" grades could get a "-". Frankly, I'm very surprised I didn't always get a "U-" for my appearance due to a persistent cowlick I've always had. I've always had an unkempt appearance due to my curly unfettered hair that has never been able to be tamed by man nor beast. The only time my hair ever looked the least bit acceptable was when they shaved it all off in Navy Boot camp. That sure took care of the cowlick! I also have a perpetual ruddy appearance due to a life long heavy dark beard which is the result of an over abundance of testosterone.

Fortunately, Mrs. Hahn showed mercy and I was "Assigned to Grade 2". For 12 years, I always looked with extreme trepidation every time I checked the bottom line, and was always relieved to see that I was assigned to the next higher grade! Frankly, I believe the teachers didn't want to have to spend another whole school year with me, so they shunted me off to the next higher grade teachers. At the teachers' coffee time after school when they talked about all of their incorrigible students, I'm sure they said in a sarcastic tone to the lower grade teacher, "Thanks a lot for sticking us with Mike; you are permanently banned from my Christmas card list!"(The rest of my grade card that has the regular letter grades is on the reverse side. I wasn't sure how the Blog page would react with 2 photos uploaded since I have never attempted it before. In my younger days I would have tried it, but in my older years I don't have the sense of adventure to live in the fast lane any more).

I shall look forward to finding more dust-covered boxes and discovering what other treasures lay therein. Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be interesting and will provide more material for my next Blog entry.

Later... ~MiKe~


Connie from Houston said...

This is crazy. I was searching for the name of the Berlin Heights doctor in 1955, and I came across your blog! I know the name Tillinghast, because I lived in Berlin Heights from 1956 to 1966. My father, Harvey Parker, was the minister at the Congregational Church and passed away in 1960. My mother, Phyllis, married Roy Garland in 1963. He might have been your high school principal.

One thing is for sure, I also had Mrs. Hahn for my first grade teacher! It would have been in 1961-62. My older sister, Jennifer, was in first grade in 1957-58, and I have 2 younger brothers, Randy Parker and Mark Garland. We used to go visit Mrs. Hahn and swim in Lake Erie!

Would you, by chance, remember the name of the doctor in Berlin Heights around 1958-1961?


Mike T. said...

I remember you and Jennifer. I think she was in my sister Sue's class. I also remember your dad, etc. Our Doctor in BH during the 50s and 60s was Dr. Blackann. Roy Garland was indeed my HS Principal. I graduated in 1966. Thank you for commenting and great to hear from you!

Mike T. said...

You can check my web site for a few hundred true stories of my experiences growing up in Berlin Heights. I have some Dr. Blackann stories. Here is the link for the one I can think of at the moment:

Connie from Houston said...

Thanks, Mike. I'll check out your other blog. Jennifer went to Berlin Heghts schools through 9th grade, so she would remember your sister well if they were in the same grade. Jennifer lives in Atlanta area now. She will be interested in knowing I touched base with you.

I actually was in Berlin Heights the end of September and my husband and I went to the Congregational Church for Sunday service. It was very touching.

Thanks for the info! Connie

Connie from Houston said...

Hi again, Mike. I talked to Jennifer, and she remembers going to your house, since she was friends with Susie. She recalled that you were a twin and kind of remembered that you and your brother were a handful! Then, I read some of your blog entries from your other site to her on the phone, and we cracked up! Can't wait to read more! What a great job you have done with your story telling!

Thanks again. Connie