“Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.”

Today is warm, sunny and perfectly lovely. I have the back door open to sweeten the air. Such warm days are getting rare so I want all of it. Later, I need to fill the bird feeders, and I’ll play the deck game with Henry, up one set of stairs then chased down the other set. The best part of this game is Henry does all the running.

When I was a kid, I loved walking to school in the fall. I’d shuffle my feet and kick up the leaves. Sometimes I walked on the sidewalk while other times I’d walk in the gutter. The leaves were everywhere. I remember they were yellow.

My schoolyard was big. On Sundays it was the church parking lot. There were two entrances which became exits when mass was over. There was a third way out, but it was narrow like a driveway and ran between the school and a short fence separating us from the neighbors. The school’s other side door opened onto that little road. I’d run out that door at the end of school, and because most every one else used the other door, I was the quickest and the first.

Our schoolyard had basketball hoops. Only the boys could use them. I played basketball for the parish CYO team, but I wasn’t allowed to play in my schoolyard.

When I was in the fifth grade, we moved, in the early spring, to the new school. My classroom was on the bottom floor at the end of the new school adjacent to the rectory and the old school. It faced the schoolyard. Once in a while, when I go back to my hometown, I drive by the new school. The last time there I rode pass the school’s front door, on the schoolyard/parking lot side, which we always called the back. Nothing appears to have changed in all these years except there is really no new school. It is 63 years old now.

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4 Comments on ““Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Sunny but cold over here. I thought the last days frost and chilly days would have stopped the moose flies but oh how wrong I was. I had my bright yellow winter jacket on and they are supposed not to land on anything with light colors, that was wrong too 🙂 🙂

    My winter tires are on so I’m ready if we would get any winter this time. I really don’t feel that we need winter but it would be great with a week or two with cold weather but without snow so that lots of ticks and moose flies will die 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It has stayed fairly warm all day, but the storm doors are going in anyway. The nights get cold so no more screens. I am so glad we do not have any bugs which are alive in the winter.

      When my father was younger, maybe his 30’s or so, he change to snow tires every winter. They stayed the cellar until the switch then after winter went back again. I have all terrain tires good for even snow.

      Enjoy your day!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Amazing, you couldn’t shoot hoops in your schoolyard but could play on a team. This sounds like a case for that Justice who believed in an ever widening circle of inclusion and rights, RBG. Unfortunately, she’s gone and her successor doesn’t believe in an every widening circle of freedom. She’s an originalist like Scalia was. She believes that the Constitution is not a living document but exactly what the founders wrote in the 18th century. She’s not a champion of woman’s rights, choice nor the voting franchise for people of color. She has actually written that she thinks poll taxes are constitutional. Why doesn’t she cook on a wood stove, use an outhouse and plow her fields so she can eat everyday? Conservative, no I would say reactionary.

    When I went back to any of my former schools I was amazed at how small the buildings looked. My former Elementary school and Junior High were both hit by the tornado last October. The Junior High is being torn down and the Elementary school is still closed but there are plans to rebuild. In my former neighborhood, the building which got the roof ripped off has been demolished but they haven’t started on the new construction.

    Today. A cool front came through bringing with it some clouds and cooler temperatures. Right now it’s a high of only 70°.

    • katry Says:

      HI Bob,
      The no was expected. This was in the day of separate rules for girls and boys. I think it was incidents like my no multipled across the country which helped fuel the demands of the 60’s.

      RBG, like Obama, will be erased.

      The two parish schools, the same two from my childhood, look exactly the same from the outside as I remember them. I’d like to look into the brick one, my very first school, my first grade with a cloakroom.

      Nice day, all day today.

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