Monday, August 25, 2008

Fun Monday: the why do I remember this edition

The lovely ladies of Mama Drama are hosting our Fun Monday silliness this week. Their quest was simple enough, but the explanation cracked me up so much that I'm reprinting it in its complex entirety here:

Remember way back in elementary school when you had to do a report on James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and you told the class all about how he was shot after only four months in office? You also remember that he recovered after a week, but doctor's continued to probe at the healed wound causing complications and resulting in his death almost three months later? Okay, we all knew that about Garfield, but you also remember that James Garfield could write with both hands at one time and in different languages.!!! Why do you remember that? Maybe for you it wasn't James Garfield, but somewhere in your past education, you picked-up some little bit of useless information that you've never forgotten.

What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?

So, um. Well. See, the thing is, I have Swiss cheese for brains (everything goes out the holes) so I KNOW there are things that I remember that I should have forgotten, but ... um ... well ... I forgot what they were.

So I am going to bend the rules a little. (Hey ... just a LITTLE, ok???)

Instead of trivial facts, I present to you the "I can't remember what I had for dinner last night but I can remember THIS about my life" list:

1) Where I was when President Kennedy was shot: In the sixth grade. They didn't tell us until school was over. No big deal, you think? Well, don't forget that I'm on the West Coast. He died at about 1 p.m. CST -- which made it 11 a.m. by us. We learned our president was dead just before we got out of class at 3:10 p.m. My younger brother saw me across the schoolyard and yelled out, "Did you hear about it?"

Um. Duh?

2. First thing anyone said to me on the playground when I entered my new school in second grade: "My mother knows your mother and she said to be especially nice to you." That girl became my best friend from second through sixth grade.

3. Most memorable toy: Of course, there were Barbies and other dolls. That's the obvious stuff. But before I had Barbies or any other dolls -- probably when I was still a toddler -- I had a wooden Pinocchio doll. The thing that made it special was it had two noses -- one short and one long. Kinda like these, only smaller.

Drummer Man had one as a child, but it didn't have the interchangeable noses, and after he picked it up to swing it at the Drama King (they were 3 and 6 months -- sibling issues, anyone?), I removed it from his world. Ah, memories.

4. From the top-10 humiliating moments of seventh grade department: My name. It's boring. Well, at least when I was 12, I thought so. (Who knew it could be such a blogging badge of honor?) I wanted to change it, and in the interest of not making DRAMATIC changes, I wanted to just shorten it to "Jan."

In those days, we put our names on our papers last name first in the top righthand corner of the page.

So ... one day, I put Lastname, Jan at the top of my spelling test.

My English teacher was kind of a jerk and was walking around the room peeking at what we were all doing. He stopped short at my desk.

"Jan?" he asked. "JAN????????????"

It was about a 40-syllable word the way he said it. With that TONE.

I never did it again.

Just think. If it hadn't been for Mr. Seventh Grade English Teacher Jerkface, I could have been writing a blog called Jan's Plan.

Or not.

Go visit the rest of the Fun Monday crowd. I am going to.

If I remember.


Jo Beaufoix said...

Loved your facts sweetie. And what a git of a teacher. Why do some of them feel they have the right to just embarrass kids?? And Im off to chck out your post now. Congrats.

SwampAngel65 said...

What a jerk your old English teacher was! To act like that to a kid...a-hole.

But it worked out for the best...I don't think you'd be the same as a "Jan". Makes me think of the Brady Bunch anyway. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Hootin' Anni said...

I know right off what I'm gonna type doesn't sound very good....but I really like your #2!!

Loved this Fun Monday. Mine is posted. Hopefully this is a bit on the 'FUNny side' too. Drop by if you can, won't you? Happy day to you.

iPost said...

I have swiss cheese too. I remember where i was and what i was doing when Reagan was shot (at) and when the Space Shuttle with the teacher on it blew up. Your English teacher should have been on that Shuttle to no where!

Sylvia said...

It's silly what we remember, isn't it.

I can recite the 50 states in alphabetical order. That has once, ever, come in useful, in a game of Trivial Pursuit. I felt so vindicated! :)

Jeanna said...

Yeah, what a jerkface. I remember the supervisors at indoor Y camp (dang, what a rip off) making fun of my name.
Cool Pinocchio doll.
I had people come up to me and say "Little Farino!" and punch me in the arm.

ChrisB said...

I enjoyed the bent rules it made fun reading~oh and I much prefer this title!

Karly said...

Hahaha! You crack me up. The name thing reminds me of when I was in school and just up and started spelling my name with a C instead of a K. The teacher, she was confused.

Domestic Spaz said...

Then we could all be Jan's fans.


I'm a dork... I can't help it.

nikki said...

I think the interchangeable noses might scare me a bit.

Sandy said...

Great job, Janet. I'm with everyone else on the name thing...first thing I thought of was Brady Bunch and the second was Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.

Funny how the mind works.

Janet said...

I'm a little afraid of the interchangeable noses thing.

I'm guessing the whole Brady Bunch thing (which is why I always HATED for people to call me Jan, but I never really liked Janet either) started approximately 1 year after you were in 7th grade?

I remember that my first grade teacher was Miss Mann. My brother's first grade teacher was Mrs. Boyd. Same woman. She got married over the summer. Confused the bloody hell out of both of us.

We also had the same second grade teacher as our mother did. Miss Seay. She was so wonderful that all the children voluntarily lined up after school was over to kiss her on the cheek. Can you imagine such happening today? Hmmm. Maybe THAT's why I got mono in 2nd grade.

I too mostly remember humiliating stuff. So I repress it.

Karmyn R said...

I think there are tons of things like for me too. Stupid little things you remember and yet I can't remember what I did a week ago.

Margaret said...

as always, I love your stuff!

Maybe your teacher is the same teacher that lied to me??

Thanks for playing!

IamwhoIam said...

Well the teacher was a jerk and I'm glad no one made me use my full name. I do recall in 1st grade the teacher asking what we were call at home my answer of "Butch, Regina, John, David, Stop it" was just the start of the record, that I must get a court order to see. One of the plus of comming from a large family is Mom never gets down to your name when she is PO.

Sauntering Soul said...

My younger brother's name is Brad. He wasn't purposely trying to make his name shorter, but he accidentally forgot the last letter on his name on a paper one day.

Faye said...

Yes, I too remember where I was after President Kennedy was shot. We were all herded into the school library and got the information piecemeal.

Pamela said...

none of us as adults really comprehend the damage our words can do to youngsters. Thanks for the reminder.

the Plan of Jan would have a different feeling, I agree.

Alison said...

I had to laugh at Jan's Plan...things sure have a days you would have been encouraged in your creativeness!!

Junebug said...

I remember when JFK was shot. I was in the first grade. The teachers were crying and they had just put tv's in the classroom and they turned them on. It was scary.

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