According to the calendar, I should be up to age 12 today in my#lilialesbirthdaycountdown! And I'm going to catch that up today, mostly by sharing my favorite songs and sometimes movies and TV shows from each of those years. But first, a few kindergarten memories. :-)
Because of our forced move from the beloved bit of country in the city, to a house in the actual (sort of) country, I started kindergarten a couple weeks late. The other kids were already used to things, the cubbies, the tables, the instructions for "doing papers," and the 20 minute nap. They were embarrassed when I cried after Mom left. But I adapted quickly, largely. Except to the nap...
I remember we visited the "cow plex," a nearby dairy farm, and then we churned butter. It made me think I didn't like butter, for years! But it was fun to do. I remember my navy blue swiss-dotted skirt that was forever getting lost, and Mom would find it behind the dryer or something. I remember that we got happy faces on our papers when we did well, and sad faces when we did not. I got one sad face that year, and felt mortified by it. However, there was a girl named Glenda who used only the red crayon when we were supposed to color shapes according to a number chart, and she appalled me. She never even tried to color in the lines. Then she "went away," as kids sometimes did in those days.
These two pictures were taken at about the same time, in the spring of 1971. I had chicken pox just about then, at Easter; in recovery when the second photo was taken.
A favorite song in kindergarten: