365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
443. What was your favorite grade in school and why?
Being one that loved school, it is hard to pinpoint what my favorite grade was. If I had to pick just one, I would say that my favorite was 1st grade. There are several reasons why this sticks out as my favorite.
I’ll start out by explaining that my entire kindergarten year of school was pretty emotionally challenging (for both my mom and myself). I would cry EVERY morning when she would drop me off at school. I would cry and beg her not to leave me. I don’t remember specifics of how long it would take before I would settle down and participate with the rest of the class, but eventually the tears would stop. I do recall that I enjoyed playing with my classmates and also enjoyed learning. Yet, every morning it would always be the same thing. I would be fine up until the point of my mom walking me into the classroom, and then I would lose it. There was one time in particular when there was a substitute teacher and my mom took me into the classroom and I had my normal meltdown. My mom told the teacher that she needed to watch me because I would escape and run out of the classroom. The teacher clearly did not believe my mother because after my mom drove away, I bolted. I ran out of the class and the gated area out in front of the classroom and I started running down the street after her. My mom said she had a bad feeling and actually ended up driving around the block. That’s when she found me running down the street. The reason the 1st grade lands as my favorite grade is partially because that was when I finally stopped crying and my love for school really started to bloom.
One of the other things that makes the 1st grade stick our for me was that this was my first taste of doing “real” school work. I loved the workbooks we would get and also all the handouts with different types of subject work. I guess this is where my love for paper started. I actually love the smell of new text books. Even many years later when I was doing my college work, I had the option of getting paper text books or using electronic books. I always wanted the paper copies. My love for text books carried over to all other grades, but the 1st grade is when it all started.
The last thing that makes the 1st grade my favorite grade is that this was the first time that I got to go school supply shopping before the new year began. This was another love of mine as a child (who am I kidding.. I still love it as an adult). Notebooks, pencils, glue, scissors, pencils boxes and binders… it oddly become one of my favorite parts of summer. The time when we were getting closer to school starting and I knew we would get to go buy school supplies.
The last and most important reason the 1st grade was my favorite grade… Maybe because I was just so stinking adorable! 🙂