Thursday, January 14, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Pages of the past
Part of my regular Friday routine at the office is spending most of the afternoon doing the “Pages of the Past.”
It really doesn’t take all afternoon, I could theoretically finish in around an hour, but... I have to read the entire newspaper from 1960; from 1985 and from 2000.
Having 2000 be “Ten Years Ago” freaked me out! Is it already 2010? Where did about five-six of those years go?
While perusing the January 13, 2000 issue of The South Reporter, naturally, I had to read “Close to Nowhere.”
That column was all about the three-year-old kindergarten class at First United Methodist Church, taught by the much, much loved Angie Sansone.
Seems like there were these two little girls in the class and five boys. The two little girls (Meredith and Grace, naturally) were in great distress because the boys were calling them a really nasty name — “girls!”
Apparently, Meredith wore a frilly dress one day, instead of her normal overalls — and when the boys realized she was a “girl” they wouldn’t let her play football with them. Apparently, she cried and then she tackled them.
Yes, her dress got really dirty in the ensuing scuffle and then football game. However, she was three by then. We were used to it.
Mere and Grace were joined by Robin in five-year-old kindergarten and the three of them were determined never, ever to be called that nasty “girl” name. Ever!
Turn the clock ten years into the future...
Can we say make-up? Skirts? Mini-skirts? Tight blue jeans? Hair styling?
I have to laugh at Grace’s mom. Meredith has been known to wear enough make-up for an entire group of teenage girls. Grace’s mom says she looks “French.” Mere takes that as a compliment.
Over the Christmas holidays, at various times, Mere, Grace, Robin and cousin Emily were all at our houses (they go between Grace’s, Mere’s and my house as if they own all of them — and apparently, they do).
I bravely, foolishly took the assortment to one of the outside malls in Southaven.
I’d have almost rathered they were three years old again. Three-year-olds are much, much cheaper!
Seriously! Have you priced make-up and teenage girl clothes lately?
Thank goodness the 11-year-old is still 11. She scares me though — she’s calling herself a “pre-teen.”
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