"ATTENDING A ONE ROOM SCHOOL"

THERE WASN'T ANY PRESCHOOL OR KINDERGARTEN
AT AGE SIX YOU STARTED IN FIRST GRADE,
I COULD NOT WRITE MY NAME
NOT ONE NUMBER OR ABC I HAD EVER MADE.

THERE WERE NO HOT LUNCHES
OR BREAKFAST SERVED ON A PLATE,
FROM OUR LITTLE TIN LARD BUCKETS
COLD LUNCHES IS WHAT WE ATE.

FROM FIRST TO SEVENTH GRADE
ONE TEACHER TAUGHT US ALL,
STUDENTS SAT IN ROWS IN ONE BIG ROOM
NO BATHROOM, GYMNASIUM OR STUDY HALL.

THE BUILDING HAD TWO DOORS
MAIN ONE UP FRONT - ONE AT THE BACK,
TWO CLOSETS ON EACH SIDE OF THE DOOR
USED FOR LUNCH BUCKETS AND A COAT RACK.

HEATING STOVE SAT IN THE MIDDLE
THE ROOM WAS OFTEN DRAFTY AND COLD,
THIS ONE ROOM SCHOOL BUILDING
HAD BEEN STANDING FOR MANY YEARS - WAS GETTING OLD.

THERE WASN'T A BATHROOM
RAISE YOUR HAND - "IF YOU HAD TO GO,"
TWO LITTLE OUT-HOUSES SAT FAR APART
DOWN AMONG SOME BUSHES AND WEEDS IN A FENCE ROW.

WE TOOK TURNS BEATING THE ERASERS CLEAN
POUNDING THAT CHALK DUST WAS A LOT OF FUN,
I LIKED DOING THIS BETTER THAN
PLAYING BASEBALL AND NEVER MAKING A HOME-RUN.

HAD TO WALK ABOUT HALF MILE TO GET HOME
WE WERE ANXIOUS TO GET HOME TO PLAY,
THERE WEREN'T ANY BUSES FOR US TO RIDE
SOMETHING WE DID ALMOST EVERY SCHOOL DAY.

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG AND A PRAYER
AFTER THE TEACHER RANG THE BELL,
IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG - GOT A SPANKING
NO ONE WAS SENT HOME OR EXPELLED.

WE WROTE WITH A YELLOW NO. TWO LEAD PENCIL
NO ASSORTED COLORS IN GEL BALL POINT PENS,
NO FOLDERS, OR SPECIAL BINDERS
NO BACKPACKS TO CARRY OUR BOOKS IN.

HOW DID THE TEACHER TEACH SO MANY GRADES
HOW DID SHE GET IT ALL DONE IN ONE DAY,
WE HAD TIME FOR LONG RECESSES
GOT TO GO OUTSIDE - HAD GAMES TO PLAY.

THERE WEREN'T BUT A FEW IN EACH GRADE
MAYBE TWO - PERHAPS FOUR,
TWENTY-FIVE OR THIRTY NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN
BUT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, HAD THERE BEEN MORE.

EVERYONE LINED UP AFTER PLAYING
WATER BUCKET SAT AT THE BACK DOOR,
I AM GLAD I GOT TO GO TO A ONE ROOM
THEY ARE NO LONGER BEING USED - HOW SAD.

CHILDREN ATTEND MODERN SCHOOLS TODAY
ONE ROOM SCHOOLS ARE MEMORIES OF THE PAST,
THOSE CARE-FREE DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD
HAVE ALSO GOTTEN AWAY MUCH TOO FAST.


Written.....August 13, 2008
Many pleasant memories of attending a one room school. I know
things are better for children today - but those old schools were okay.


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Author: ADINE CATHEY
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