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Gr.3: Then Versus Now

My grade three teacher was a tall robust woman. Her greying hair was always slicked back in a super tight low lying bun and her thick hexagonal glasses sat just before tip of nose. The only thing soft about her angry face was the pink lipstick she wore on her thin lips.

I can’t recall too much of that year other than her chastising me for being born left handed, the ‘no yawning’ rule, that one time she smacked Jaclyn on the top of her hand for smelling my lip gloss, and that other time she dumped John’s desk….

…with him still sitting in it.

I liked her earrings and long flowing skirts though.

“So, tell me about it. What was it like for you?” my son asked me as he kicked at a loose newspaper on the side of the curb.

But truthfully, that’s all I can really remember of it.

“Grade three was so long ago.”


“I know that you had a bad day yesterday. Today is a new day. Try and think positive. It’s a new start.”

He forcefully kicked at a stone. Then another.

Shoot. Think of something positive about grade three and that woman – that teacher who thought us kids stole the air out of her lungs every time we yawned on the reading carpet.ย  Think of something positi–

“Mom, are you trying to think of something positive about the old school days? It’s OK mom. I know that you old people didn’t have things like we do now like iPads in the class. We learned all about the pioneer days last month. You must have had it rough. So you’re probably having a hard time finding something positive about what happened to you in grade 3. It’s OK”


“I just wanted you to tell me funny stories about school. I like hearing about the things you did at school. You make me laugh.”

“Oh. But, hey just so we are clear, I’m not a pioneer!”

“It’s OK mom. I still love you if you’re old.”

“I’m not old!”

“You have grey hair.”

Chunky Monkey:
Chunky Monkey:
Chunky Monkey:
Chunky Monkey: And it’s beautiful.
Me: You’re lucky you’re cute.
Chunky Monkey: You’re lucky you’re still alive.



Mamaโ€™s Losinโ€™ It
Prompt: Something your kids said that made you laugh.


    • Kimberly Kimberly

      He is just as unfiltered as I am ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Out of the mouths of babes, seriously!! Pioneers! Cannot stop laughing!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      He cracks me up all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love the way kids think and how true and honest they are. My son asked me if crayons were invented when I was a kid. Huh?!

  3. haha, he’s the wittiest!

    I totally remember 3rd grade for all the weird and wonderful things that happened. Scarlet will be in grade three next year. Yikes.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I only remembered those bits and smelly markers for some reason. So weird the things we remember eh? I guess it wasn’t such a big year. I remember grade four! Five…
      Grade three is a wishy washy year for C. It’s the year after Bob the bully – who by the way returned to stir trouble. I just think things will be hard for C for a while. He’s working so damn hard though and he has such a good group of friends in other classes. Hopefully some of them will be in his class next year.
      Scarlet is such a sweetie pie. I hope that she loves it. xoxo

  4. If any of us were to have said that to Mom, we wouldn’t sit for a week…

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      HAHAH!!! You know…my child is cute and he’s my very truthful reminder that I need to dye my hair.

  5. Out of the mouths of babes. Nothing but raw honestly lol

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      My child is totally unfiltered. He says what is on his mind and *boop* out of the mouth. HA

  6. It’s always so funny to me to see what kids think is old. When I look back and remember how I couldn’t imagine being almost 40. And here I am feeling essentially no different than when I was 16… weird. And he’s too funny!!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I feel the exact same way Susi! But he sure has a way of making me feel super old! Their school has iPads and they even have a smartboard which is a massive iPad. I told him that our teachers used chalk. He laughed.

  7. hah!! Oh kids, the things they say. Your grade 3 teacher sounds awful though!!


    • Kimberly Kimberly

      She was something else! I really don’t remember much of that year though – like friends and going on field trips or anything. Just those things. I do remember smelly markers though! They must have invented them that year. I needed to have them. It was on my Christmas list and I didn’t get them. My dad razzes me about it still. HAHA!

  8. Haha! At least he likes to hear your stories – even if it wasn’t quite as long in the past as he thought. What’s up with teachers giving a hard time to lefties? They made me switch to my right hand, but that was in the 70’s. I didn’t think they did that in more recent years.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They made my aunt do the same and my grandma too. She actually became a righty. My grade three teacher wouldn’t let me turn my book to the side to write so I ended up smudging my words across the page. She HATED the smudging. She said my work looked too messy and would make me redo it. I had to stay in during recess time to fix it. Ugh she was a mean woman. I think it’s better now. I would hope so. My son is a righty.

  9. He is cute. My kids always enjoyed hearing about my olden days LOL.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I love how they think we are ancient!

  10. Hahahahhaaa!! The cutest! I saw the title and was so excited to read this. I just love your posts about your childhood, Kim. You can tell a story and make the mundane or tragic equally hilarious. From one Pioneer woman to another…have a great weekend!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Love you Lisa xoxo

  11. Ha ha, the pioneer days!!? The closet I got to that was Oregon Trail!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I know. Pioneer days….we get this old game show channel on our TV and they had a old commodore computer as a prize. We showed it to our son and said that’s what we used and he laughed so hard. He said it looked like a big old microwave.

  12. OMG I miss you! I’m SO SO GLAD I read this tonight. Also, I miss you. And LOL and thank you for the awesome laugh!!! OMG. <3

  13. Kat Kat

    He’s kind of the best thing ever.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      AWWWW…thanks Kat

  14. Awwwww, he looks so grown up in this picture!!! LOLOL @ “pioneer days.” OMG, is that what kids think about us?! We’re SO not old! Even though I do remember when the internet was invented, and everything ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I don’t recall much about those years either, but isn’t it funny, the sh*t teachers used to get away with?!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      My grade five teacher was a very short Irish man and he grabbed the class clown by the back of the ear in the middle of church and dragged him out….sure did. Needless to say, none of us talked for the rest of the mass. ๐Ÿ™‚

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