6th Grade: A Rosy Year

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Everyone,

Joining Mommy’s Piggy Tales and recording my youth. This year is 6th grade, 11 years old, and one great year!

age 11 1991

My 6th grade year was my most favorite year of school.  Oh 11th grade was really fun, and the first 2 years of college were amazing too.  But I always look back on my 6th grade year as my favorite.  Why?  A combination of things.  First off, there was my teacher.  Mr. B was amazing.  He thought that homework was a waste of time and didn’t give us any the entire year.  I learned so much that year. More than I ever remember learning before. And all without the homework! I remember him taking out a few of us to McDonald’s for lunch during school one day.  I can’t remember why (I’m sure we got 100% on a test or something) but I do remember it being a Friday.  A Friday during Lent because one of the girls got a fish sandwich and explained Lent to me while we ate.

6th grade class 1991

I remember sitting in the very back with my two best friends at the time, Janet and Amanda.  We had those awesome flip top desks.  I had my Trapper Keeper tucked under the desk in a little bar that was some kind of support.  It held my paper.  Janet and Amanda and I were on the last row.  Every other row had 5 desks to a row, but our row only had the 3.  And the 3 of us were inseparable.

6th grade graduation 1992

Mr. B was amazing.  I remember he brought in telescopes for us one day.  We were supposed to look at different amoebas.  We made our own slides and we were supposed to keep the solutions with the amoebas separate.  We (the three of us) accidentally mixed them up.  Then we found one amoeba eating another.  Instead of being angry at us, Mr. B had the whole class come and see what the amoebas were doing.  He was thrilled.  He said that some of the greatest scientific discoveries came because of accidents.  And I have never been afraid of having an accident since then.

6th grade grad 1992

Mr. B also took the whole class on a science exploration.  This exploration took us to Utah (remember, we were living in Colorado at the time) and the red rocks of Moab.  That was a great trip!  We spent some time in Zion’s National Park, as well as Arches National Park.  We had a big science journal that we had to record our findings for the 5 days we were there.  We found lizards, scorpions, bugs, flowering cactus, and a ghost town named Cisco.  That we kept finding.  And finding.  The class bought Mr. B a shirt with the town on it.

6th grade graduation 1992

Mr. B made all school exciting.  Learning was not just reading and taking tests, but activities through life.  Mr. B was who got me interested in being a writer when I grew up.  Mr. B made science fascinating.  He is the reason why I was almost a vet or a astronomer.  He was my favorite teacher.

in the Cherry Drive Choir 1992

I remember the rest of that year in a very rosy light.  I had some pretty great friends.  I spent long hours riding my bike through the neighborhood.  I played at the local lake (which, looking back, I was probably trespassing on) and climbed the cottonwood trees and fishing for crawdads in the stream that ran beside them.  I went sledding in the summer, and rode my bike to the Dairy Queen with Janet for 51 cent slushies every Friday.

There were a few bad spots in the year.  Like seeing Janet’s dog get run over by her sister’s bus.  And watching my dad get in a fight with some one’s dad about throwing buckets of water on us near the Cottonwood trees.  Watching another friend of mine fall out of a tree near the lake and break his arm.  My dad living in Utah with my grandparents because that’s where he could find a job. The dog eating my Easter basket loot.

Easter morning 1992

Fighting with my brother.  A lot.

Easter morning 1992

But I loved him a lot too. I think all siblings are like that.

But I remember being on the jump rope team with Janet.  Since I couldn’t do the big tricks everyone else could, I ran the boom box and their music.  A task I took very seriously.  I remember doing square dancing in gym and LOVING it.  I also remember dancing with a boy I liked at the time.  And when the gym teacher said we could have free dance, I actually asked the boy to dance.  He said yes!  And everyone else in our square danced with their partner too.  We all got green slips, which were a good thing.  We could turn in those slips at the office for a treat.

I remember spending a lot of time on my friend Cheri’s trampoline tucking blankets into our pants and pretending we were baby unicorns or pegasus. I also remember she had a great big round chair in her house that always reminded me of a nest. When I spent the night at her house, that’s where we liked to sleep.

For Christmas that year, all I wanted was books and a blow up sled. I think that winter I went sledding almost every day. I loved that double sled because my friends could ride with me too! We went sledding down the bank onto the lake that we were trespassing on. We went sledding down the hill on the other side of the lake and onto the brand new roads they were building back there. We went sledding at the park.

Christmas morning 1991

And of course, this year at Christmas we did our annual horse drawn carriage ride downtown to see the lights.

Christmas Carriage ride 1991

Christmas 1991

My 11th birthday that year was great. A few of my friends and I went to the miniature village. We had the whole place to ourselves. I don’t remember what we talked about, or what we did there. But I loved it.

11th Birthday Party 1

11th Birthday Party 2

11th Birthday Party 3

I think this year is very rosy in my mind because of what happened the next year.  Want to know what happened?  Come back next Thursday to find out!

Safire

PS- Click here to see pictures of last year.

10 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. Jen
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 00:03:18

    I love the blue outfit! So cool! I like remembrances. They’re fun and important. Hope you guys are doing well!!

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    • Safire
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 23:47:35

      Thanks Jen! I loved that blue outfit too (as you can see most of my pictures were in it). We are doing well! Hope you guys are doing well too!

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  2. Dad
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 14:02:06

    How is it that you can spell amoebas? You looked at them with a telescope? It confused me a bit. Amoebas are usually looked at with a microscope. There are amoeba galaxies that you look at with a telescope.

    Anyway, loved the post! I missed you guys horribly that year. The fight was with some boy’s father. He had been throwing things and hitting you guys. I wanted him to see what it was like. The guy hit me once and never did again. I just blocked his punches. Made me angry, though. I shook with adrenaline for maybe an hour or more afterwards. Not my finest hour for sure. I do wish I had punched him in the face, hopefully breaking his nose or jaw or something. Not very Christian of me, though.

    Know I will always come to your defense!

    Love,

    Dad

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    • Safire
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 23:46:55

      Yes, I suck at spelling. We all know this! It was late when I wrote it, give me a break. :)

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  3. Mom
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 22:14:10

    Serious hair. Wow. I don’t know how anyone would let me out in public like that.

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    • Safire
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 23:46:28

      It’s amazing that the hair police didn’t come and take you away Mom. ;)

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  4. Ida Cole
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 13:08:29

    I so wish I could remember my childhood as well as you do. Is the guy in the white suit Mr B? I also love the blue outfit. Hope to see you all soon.

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    • Safire
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 23:45:50

      That’s why it’s important to write it down. I remember more the more I write. You’ll be laid up for awhile, you might consider writing your story down on your own blog with all your “free time”. We’ll see you soon.

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  5. Lolli @ Better in Bulk
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 00:04:23

    You look just like yourself in 6th grade. Your current you, that is. Only smaller. Sounds like 6th grade was a wonderful year!

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    • Safire
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 23:38:37

      Hey so glad to hear that I look like myself. :) It was a great year!

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