5 Random Things: Fun Childhood Facts

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I sure am.  The craziness of the end of the school year is upon us here, and I’m ready for some rest.  I know the boys are too.  I’m off on a field trip with Liam’s class this morning, so I thought I’d keep things simple with a 5 Random Things post.

just five random facts

1.  I had atrocious printing when I was in grade school.

It was so bad that my teachers asked my parents to have me practice at home.  Instead of having me print the alphabet over and over again, my Dad had me print Robert Frost poems.  My favorite one was “Nothing Gold Can Stay”.  It was during these printing practices that my love of poetry was born,

2.  I loved Nancy Drew, and read all the books at least 5 times when I was younger.

My Mom gave me my first Nancy Drew book when I was 8 or 9 and I was hooked from the first chapter.   Then she introduced me to one of her childhood favorite, “Trixie Belden” and my love of childhood classics was born.  I still read the occasion one from either series today.

3.  When I was in Grade 10, one of my elective course was called Advanced Studies.

We were supposed to pick one topic and study it all year long, taking notes and compiling a year long report.  Our midterm and final were to hand in our reports and also give an oral presentation to the class.  I convinced my teacher to let me spend the year writing poetry and short stories.  This was great until midterm time came around and I realized I would have to read my poetry to my classmates.  That would have been bad enough but ….

4.  I detested public speaking, and still get antsy when having to talk infront of a crowd.

This made the midterm and final mentioned above almost unbearable.  The only time I ever had fun speaking in front of a crowd was when we did debating in grade 10 English.  My favorite part was being sick the day my group had to perform their debate.  This meant I had to debate my teacher one on one in front of the whole class.  I won, but to be fair I had had weeks to prepare and he only had the written material for the opposing side from a previous year’s student to work with.  So I guess technically, I beat that student.

5.  Math was my most dreaded subject.  My most favorite teacher was my Math teacher.

Actually, I had her for French 8, then Math 9 and 10 and I also peer tutored one of her Math 8 classes.  There were a lot of students that didn’t like her, but she was always fair.  No one student mattered more than another and none got special treatment.  She told it to you straight and she was one of the few teachers who actually listened to what I had to say, and work with that.  Though she tried really hard to encourage me to pursue more mathematical studies my heart lay in more creative subjects.  However, my Teen absolutely LOVES math, so maybe it all worked out in the end.  I really wish he could have had her for a teacher.

There you go!  Five random bits of information I probably never would have shared with you if it weren’t for this series.  And now if you will excuse me, I’m off and running to hang out with Liam on his end of the year field trip.

Do you have any quirky memories from when you were a kid?  Are you kids done school for the year?  If not, how many days do you have left to go?

Have a Happy Weekend!

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