This blog contains dodgy hairdos and glasses that are so big they should be illegal - you have been warned.
1. Marriage: it's important to remember that marriage proposals and acceptances made when you're six years old are not legal and binding, otherwise I'd be in a marriage with a man and a women.
2. Listen Carefully: One day in cooking class I used the wrong flour to make a tea cake and as a result my cake came out looking and feeling like a hockey puck. The teacher, Miss Johns, took great pleasure in showing the rests of the class what happens when you use the wrong flour - I have a distinct picture in my head of her flipping my hockey puck cake back and forth between her hands.
|That's me on the left - do you think the caption is a prediction of the future?|
4. A sense of belonging: when I went to highschool from the first day you were put into a homeroom group that you were part of for the four years. We met at the start of each day to do attendance and had the same teacher for the four years as well. Mine was Mr Davis, woodwork teacher, and he was wonderful. When I started the older members would help us navigate what to expect in school, and at the end of my four years I was able to do that for the younger teens in our group.
5. Follow your beliefs: in my third year at highschool we met with careers advisers about our future decisions. I sat with the lady and explained to her that I was going to be a nurse. Her response was, 'why would you only want to be a nurse when you could do so much more like be a doctor!!'. That has stayed with me throughout my career and I always make sure people know that actually being a nurse is a wonderful thing and I wouldn't want to have done anything else.
6. It goes quickly: When you start highschool it feels like an eternity stretching out before you, especially if you were as shy and awkward at school as I was, but blink and it's over. The future lies ahead, whatever that may be.
|Me and my cousin both sporting great hairdos in our final yearbook|
7. People surprise you: in years 9 and 10 I was one of only two girls in our science and maths classes. Myself and Suzanne decided to do a study on mice reaction times in a maze and were constantly getting harassed by the 21 boys in the class for being silly. One Monday in winter we came back to school to find the heating had gone off at the weekend and the mice were nearly frozen to death - I wish I'd had a camera with me to photograph the big tough boys standing on tables around the room near ceiling heaters, bringing our mice back to life.
What about you? What advice would you give someone about making school easier? Before you go pop over to Tamara's blog, Part-time Working Hockey Mom to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take a look at some of your own old photos to see how dodgy your own hairdos were.
Pamela & Ken