|The Twins - I am on the left and Larry is on the right|
At least that's how I remember it.
Funny how memories can color the truth and pooh-pooh the bits we don't like.
Today I was rummaging and reminiscing through a box of possessions from elementary school when I came upon my second grade report card. It was situated in the midst of attendance awards, reading certificates, school pictures and letters.
How wonderful, thought I, as I picked it up. What manner of praise did Ms. Groeger bestow upon me back in 1971? Lets see...
Teacher Comment (February 4, 1971) - Gary has done satisfactory work this marking period, but his behavior has not been very good. He has been doing a lot of fooling around and he makes many trips to the bathroom. He should concentrate more on doing his work carefully - especially math.
She must have me confused with my twin brother, Larry.
Teacher Comment (April 22, 1971) - Gary still seems to be having difficulty concentrating. I have to reprimand him quite often during the day. He talks and fools around too much. I hope we will see an improvement in his behavior and attitude by next marking period.
Teacher Comment (June 25, 1971) - I hope Gary will do well next year in third grade. Try to have him do some reading this summer. Have a nice vacation, Gary!
I have no idea who this woman is talking about. And I honestly have no recollection of ever having a Ms. Groeger as a teacher. I have no recollection of second grade at all. I wonder what that means.
Still, if it is true that I was a chatty Cathy who couldn't focus it gives me insight into why I am drawn as a teacher to those children who struggle with those same issues. It has been said (by me) that I am infinitely patient and that I am especially good with the students who present the biggest challenges. Working with the children that others have lost patience with is an area in which I excel.
Hmmm...maybe being not so perfect turned out to be perfect after all.