Speaking of things that I remember, I had a textbook in Finland. It was English language. I'm thinking that my aunt got it for us to have something to read. Or maybe I owned it and brought it with me. But I only remember reading it in Finland. I could be wrong about this.
It was an English textbook, I think. Had stories and poems in it.
There was one poem either in the back of the book or literally on the back cover. It was called Signposts, I believe. I looked online and there's no trace of this poem anywhere. I remember it verbatim so I'm thinking that I could pass it off as my own work and get praise from the poetry world. Anyway, here it is as I remember it:
Signposts, signposts, what do they say?
School ahead or children at play
Don't feed the animals, slow, for sale
Keep off the grass, don't lean on the rail
Signposts, signposts, have so much to say
And each is important in its very own way
Could it have been that short? I remember it being two pages, although illustrated.
Anyway, I remember it because it could be sung to the melody of creepy 1980s children's show Pinwheel. Perhaps the book even mentioned that it could be sung to this melody.
How could this poem not exist on the internet, though? I assure you that the words are almost 100% right.
Aw wait a minute. I found a single link to this.
Kim seems to have gotten the words muddled up towards the end. It might be "but each" instead of "and each" but she's way off.
Melanie (who's a busy body who leaves one star reviews for grammar schools based on local news stories about principals who suspend children over inappropriate haircuts) remembers that textbook from a school called Greenhaven in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Greenhaven is in Minnesota, it seems.
Some interesting stuff on that Greenhaven page but why am I reminiscing over a school I've never been to? Let's see if I can find a Facebook page of my own grammar school.
Wow. There's actually a review of the church. Only 3 stars out of 5. What kind of dumbass reviews a church?
Aw, I missed the all-grades reunion. I doubt anyone went. Mass and a picnic was scheduled. Let the good times roll. The only comment is "I missed it".
Pancake breakfasts, spagetti dinners, it's like a fucking time warp. How about some new ideas, you imbeciles? Doing the same shit for 30+ years.
"Bunco night"? What the fuck is that? Sounds familiar. There's clipart of dice. Mentions a raaffle. Complementary beer and wine? That's surprising. I don't know, some gambling shit. Surprising that a Catholic school would do this but I do remember the term "bunco night" so it was going on when I was a student too.
Candlight bowling party fundraiser. They're always trying to raise funds. Why is this? They have tuition.
They're selling bricks from the tunnel that connects the school to the church for $10. I...don't know what this means. I'll assume that they somehow engrave your name on the brick but I don't know. They could do that for $10? Maybe just use a marker.
Pig roast. Get fucked with these corny 1950s fundraisers.
Let's check out the main alumni page. That was all from like the secondary page.
"We ask our loving God to look after our students". What a joke. Tone it down, Churchy McChurchChurch.
They asked the parents to park cars for a fundraiser. Got $13,000 for that. "Get your parents to work as non-paid valets for the day!". What are they doing with all of this money? Why do they need so much of it? Constant fundraisers.
A jingoistic rant about VE day and thanking our veterans. What would Jesus say about that?
There's a lot of "do you remember" posts and...no, I don't remember. School Lent projects clearly didn't make much of an impression on me, I guess.
Some dumb rant about the commercialisation of Christmas when we should be worshiping Jesus.
Then there's a fundraiser to watch that most holy of Christmas films: Elf.
This is maybe the weirdest thing I've ever read. There's a long post warning the reader of bad news ahead. Then it's a long story about how an alumnus wrote to them. At first they were happy to have received a letter. But then they discovered that the letter was a complaint because only a couple of alumni attended the fundraisers and he asked for no more correspondence.
I mean...why call this guy out for this? It's probably an old man. He's disapointed that his former classmates aren't going to the fundraisers and doesn't want to receive the newsletter any more. Big deal. But the newsletter person took it as a great insult. It's like a mentally ill person is writing this shit.
This is just sad. There was an all-grades reunion. The people who showed up are like six members of the former prinicipal's family, a couple of old guys I don't know, an elderly former teacher, and a girl I went to school with who left in like the fifth grade. She wasn't even there for the full eight years but she really seems to like the school. It seems like some weird mental disorder. Trying to recapture her childhood. She was traumatised by leaving the school.
And you don't even have to had graduated from the school (as this girl didn't). They expressly state that EVERYONE is invited. They were harassing people leaving the church to come. Anyone who reads that could have attended. So maybe these two old guys weren't even students. They were just bored guys willing to pay fifteen bucks for a "three meat buffet". And in spite of this, NOBODY ATTENDED except for the principal's family, this traumatised girl, a 100 year old former teacher, and two old men.
So why does nobody care about this school? There must be a reason. Maybe no success stories. No good memories. It's crazy old-fashioned. Well, whatever.
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