Although I was in school for what seems like forever, I was thinking just the other day that really every single thing I needed to know about life…I learned in grade school. When you finish reading this, I am positive you will have realized it as well.
There is always going to be the math teacher yelling or demanding that you learn that “a” is equal to three and that “b” is suppose to be a negative five or something of that sort. Really, it does not matter. Unless you have a job as a mathematician or an architect, this is small beans and you will not use it. I have never taken a trip to a bank and had to use calculus. I have never once in my entire 33 years used algebra to calculate my spending in the grocery store. I have, however, used basic math. Subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. I have used it to pay bills, to figure out how much I would have left over, if anything, after bills. I have weighed apples and calculated how many dollars per pound they would be and if the oranges are a better deal. Simple math in my head, done. No pencil, paper or tears over what negative number gets divided into a positive number between a set of parenthesis. Judge if you want, but it is totally true. Same for books. I love books. I learned in my early years that books will teach you all you want to know and you have to learn to read. They broaden your vocabulary and they strengthen your mind. You can vacation to another planet through a book, you can turn into a princess and fall head over heels with a dragon slaying prince. Thus, books give you imagination and a get away. They give you power. Reading, English — those classes you needed to get an A in, because there is not one single thing out there that you can get away with not reading!
I learned that you need to eat right. I learned that during lunch you had choices you could make. You could take the chips in the vending machine and if you were lucky and in a large school, you had a soda machine. The other choice would be the regular, great school lunch. Meat, veggies and fruit. If you eat nothing but chips and sodas now days, what does it do? Lunch time taught me the proper food groups and I use that now with my children. PE taught me exercise can be fun. Even if you are being hit with a dodge ball. Running around a track in Jr high or high school is no fun at all. But, dodge balls are way more awesome! Recess was another thing. Not so much a class, but in grade school it is a major part of your day. Recess taught me to take a break from the major pains of the day and have fun. Stressing over a bill that will eventually get paid, arguing with a spouse or stressing over a job dead line are things that can cause you to break down. Take a break and relax. Nap time is the same thing. I was probably the only kid in my class that actually liked quiet time. Now days, with kids, pets, chores and jobs..I am happy that I was allowed a rest period. Get sleep. This goes along with the recess. Relax and take a breather.
One of the top things that I learned in grade school was that there is always going to be someone in a prettier dress. There is always going to be someone that has a beautiful bow and you wish with all your little heart that you could have it. You may not get it. It taught me that you do not get everything you want. There is always going to be cliques. Even if you are my age, you will still notice on social websites that cliques have not faded..even if you are 33. There are always going to be bully’s, and there will always be meanies. I ran in to my fair share in school. I was not a popular kid. But I hung on and can say, ”look at me now!” The only thing different that I know now that I did not know then is that walking away, turning your cheek and ignoring those meanies is the best thing to do. Do not let them get to you. That is one thing that I wish I did know in grade school. Friends will come into your life and then friends will leave. If you are lucky enough to still have friends from school, I applaud you and you are blessed. People move away. People change. There is no stopping it. Life happens and when you are in grade school, you realize it. Nothing stays the same.
Math, Reading. English, P.E, Lunch and Recess. No, it is not a read off of your schedule. It is just the basic grade school classes that you can look back on and realize that all you needed to know now, you learned way back then. I am not saying that Jr high and high school are a waste. No way at all am I saying that. Those years were valuable years of my life. I learned about Hemingway and I remember doing a play at a school I went to for a partial time my freshman year. Romeo and Juliette. Awesome play and we actually made aluminum foil swords for the fights for the families. I believe that those years are crucial to growing up. You learn about you and who you are as an individual. What I am saying is that in grade school, I learned basic life lessons. It was later on that I started to realize who I was and now, years and years later that I am no longer in school and have my oldest daughter going into Jr high…I realize that I am still learning about who I am. Life. One day, I will figure it out. But, for now, I am happy with all I learned so far.