Friday, February 02, 2007

Ms Barclay

When I was in the 6th grade we had an awesome teacher named Ms. Barclay. She had taught school as a young lady, married, had 3 kids and recently lost her husband. Though I didn't realize it at the time...she probably had to go back to work after his death...I didn't know any of that though..only that she was a new teacher in my school and I was assigned to her class. This was before the days of changing classes except for math so my classmates and I were stuck with each other and with her...all day every day. It soon became apparent that she was like no teacher I had had before....She allowed us to arrange our desks in creative ways...divided us into fun groups to work together on classwork...extended recess and did lots of other new and exciting things that I had never experienced before in school. I was assigned to a group of about 5 girls...some of them quite popular( but we didn't know that term at the time). We turned our desks to face each other in a circle and had tons of fun from there on. I can't be sure but I think we were Ms Barclay's favorites...We worked hard, made good grades, were eager to please and very sweet little 11 yrs olds...so when we concocted the idea of a Valentine's Day party...she agreed. Of course we had always had V Day parties in school, we exchanged valentine cards with our classmates and our moms brought in cupcakes and juice. (this was the old days people, when a card saying "Be Mine" only meant that you were friends and nothing sexual was implied). This, however, was to be a different kind of party!

I don't remember how it all come to be but somehow my group of 5 organized the whole thing and assigned everyone in the class to a duty.
V Day fell on a Friday that year and when the big day arrived so did we with cookies, cakes, candy, punch, music and of course valentines. I well remember, I made round cookies with pink or white frosting and a candy heart in the middle of each one. They were beautiful! In my memory it seems like it lasted all day but I'm sure the party was limited in time. We probably had lunch at our desks, which we always, did then it was on! Til school was out at 2:15 we partied...we pushed back the desks, put on the music, played games and chowed down on sweets til it was time to catch our buses home. The actual valentine card exchange is a ghost of a memory but the gay abandon of the day and the age remain vivid imprints in my mind, I mean Larry S. actually climbed on top of the science table to dance and sing Build Me Up Buttercup and Brown Eyed Girl!! I ate so much junk I was sick all weekend...LOL

So much in our lives was changing...we were growing up...it was the last time I can remember doing the traditional card exchange and the last time I can remember not knowing who the popular kids were or caring...we all grew up of course and moved on to Junior High and High School...many of us joining new cliques and rarely crossing paths the rest of our school years but forever that teacher, that group of classmates, and that day will live in my memory as one of the best school days EVER!! Thank you, Ms Barclay..where ever you are!!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Barclay was a carbon copy of my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Drury. He made learning exciting and fun. Some teachers are more "gifted" than others.
Mrs. Mac

BarBarA said...

What a lovely memory! Those were good times, innocent times...I miss them.

Mrs. B sounds like a very special Teacher!!!!!!!

BarBarA said...

P.S. the second I sent this I got a comment from you on my blog :) great timing.

Christal said...

I think we all have had one very special teacher... Thanks for the reminder of "youthfulness" I miss those days!

Sara said...

what a great post! i love to read about memories and childhoods. thanks.

Christal said...

I am sure that you could come up with 100 things if you sat and thought for awhile... You will be surprised! Thanks for stopping by my blog and feel free to come back!

KayMac said...

great memories..thanks for sharing them. made me think of some of mine!

everydayRANDOM said...

I think it is a loss of innocent times that make these memories so much more precious. Healthly snacks are now expected at class parties - how do you do that at Valentines?

I miss the freedom we had - having to always be PC these days is not about being respectful - it is about not being able to move for fear of someone, anyone, having some kind of objection. I am so glad you have that memory...

Ame said...

:)

i love it :)

i actually still remember my 6th grade teacher's name, too - also long before they changed classes in 6th grade. her name was mrs. cherry :)

Deborah and Sally said...

As you were describing how you felt preparing for the party and then at the party, reminded me of how it is when we get together as the body (church).
A happiness and joyfulness of brothers and sisters being together and then the Lord there also, it's great !:)
Deborah

Pat said...

There's something to be said about those innocent years. I don't think that the same aged kids today are quite as innocent - but times change. Those sweet memories are what shaped us into who we are today - two thumbs up to those great teachers who forever stay a part of our lives!

Margie said...

what a great post!! i remember all my teachers too, but no one ever stood on a table and sang... at least not while i was in grade school

Deb said...

I love stories about teachers....I think this has inspired a blog entry...

gotta go hit the word processing software...

An Ordinary Christian said...

That is sweet and fun. Thank you for sharing it. Thank you for visiting my site. You do think in song!

Scott said...

What a sweet post. I remember so many of my teachers over the past. Maybe I should do something similar. I love paying homage to people that have done nice things for me.

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