Friday Five


Well, it’s Friday and I have so much to write about I don’t even think I can gather my thoughts enough to write about a single topic. What better thing, then, than to post The Friday Five?

These questions are partially a repeat of those posted on September 13, 2002, but I’ll answer them again. Perhaps my perspective’s changed.

1. Are you going to school this year?

No, not unless you count The School of Life. I wouldn’t mind taking an art class at the local OSU branch, though; it would be nice to get my hands dirty and learn better skills, especially in painting.

2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
I graduated from high school in 1985 and from college in 1989. My hubby graduated from the same college a cool decade later, in 1999.

3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?
In high school, I loved English and art. In college, I really enjoyed the marketing and advertising classes. Computer classes were fun, even before Windows 3.1 made its debut — I can imagine the fun I’d have now!

4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?
In high school, PE, and math. I was as non-athletic as they come and preferred to have my nose stuck in a book or my hands busy drawing. I had such a math block! It didn’t help any that I went through a time of taking amphetamines in the form of diet pills, making my attention span nil.

5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
I’ve had several favorites teachers, as well as favorite support staff. How can I pick just one?

In Junior High, Joseph Zulawski was my mentor. An Albert Einstein looking man, he was the grandfather I needed and I’d skip out of the lunch room in favor of eating lunch with him in the art room. He was a good listener and a gentle soul. I think of him often.

In High School, Mark Smith was one of my favorite teachers. He taught Freshman English and kept us all laughing with jokes and ridiculous sentences designed to show us grammar structure. With a shock of dark curly hair, lively eyes, and an athletic physique, he was most of the girls’ first major high school crushes. He also loaned me three Monty Python LP’s, which I played repeatedly and memorized. I believe he’s the Dean of Students at the school now (or at least someone with the same name!).

Also in High School, Phyllis Weaver made a huge impact on my life. She was “Ma” to just about everyone there. I think she was the secretary to the athletic department, but I’m not sure. She was the type of person you could talk to about anything, and she’d pace the hallway with kids who were too wired to sit down and study. She was a no-nonsense woman, but had a tender heart for kids.

My favorite teacher, though, was probably Georgie Davis. She was my grandma, and also my Eleventh Grade English teacher. It was weird having to call her Mrs. Davis, and she probably graded me a little tougher than she did my classmates, but I guess I was biased. 😉

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