Thursday, December 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passsed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

I was a problem to the teachers. In the seventh grade to the ninth grade we voted for hall assistants to help the teachers during class changes. One of the girls in my 7th grade room took a liking to me. She wanted to be my girlfriend. She was cute but not bright. Anway, she put my name in as a candidate. She also got the girls to vote. When my name was called, some of the boys voted for me and all of the girls stood up. Even my girl opponent. Teacher's eyes seemed to go up. It surprised her, she looked at me and the girls. Counted the vote and then called for the girl candidate. Then the run off. I won but I did not get to be the assistant, she [ed: teacher] picked the girl. My guess was that I could create a problem when we were changing classes. Amd I'm sure that my repuation didn't help.

Anyway exam time came around (this in the 9th grade) and my French teacher told me, "You have been out of my class so many times that you're going to make me look bad because you will flunk. You weren't in class long enough or often enough."

I said, "Don't worry about that," I said, "if I pass the test will you give me an A." She said yes.

I took the test. In due course she came to me and said evidently the little time you spent in my class you must have paid attention. You got a C+. I said That's an A. She said that I can't do, there will be trouble if I do that. And I got the C+ for the year.

10 comments:

  1. I love reading about your father's exploits as a child. This was funny, yet sad, because it showed discrimination and the fact that once a person has an established reputation, it's hard to change it, no matter how honorable the person.

    LOVE the photo. So patriotic, too.

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    1. Dad would have been the first to admit that at this age, junior high, he was too cocky. He may have won the popular vote (only because he was cute), but the teacher wanted an assistant that wasn't a little too full of himself.

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  2. I didn't like that the teacher went back on her word and wouldn't give him the A! :(

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    1. Most likely, she made the deal because she honestly didn't think he would pass. He should have smelled a rat and knew she wouldn't be able to keep her end of the bargain. At least he passed French and didn't have to repeat the year

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  3. Your dad was pretty feisty!
    :)
    Sounds like the girls loved him.

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    1. Dad was a tough kid. He also liked to think of himself as a ladies' man.

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  4. ink....we iz crackin up at yur gram pawz commint bout him self sayin "my reputation didn't help !!! ♥♥♥.....

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  5. I enjoyed a recent journal a friends mom kept.She wrote up until a week before her passing.

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    1. What a treasure your friend shared with you.

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