The summer after First Grade I stayed with my grandparents and then it was decided I would stay through the school year. I don't remember much of what was going on but my sister was a senior in high school and working and mom was holding one or two jobs.
My best friend lived in the triangle as did most of the other kids I made friends with. Some lived on nearby farms and took the bus. My teacher lived on a ranch. Mrs. Bentley was a grandmotherly type and very kind. She'd known my grandparents forever.
One day, Jon, my best friend and I decided to swear our love. We went in during recess and he gave me a ring all official like in front of Mrs. Bentley. Appaently she later called my grandma and they had a good laugh because when I was born we lived in that same town and Jon's mother worked for my mother so often we shared a playpen or crib.
At the end of the school year a little going away party was thrown for me. This was a really big deal for me because I was always so shy and quiet I was never even invited to parties in my own town. I still have two of the little gifts I received at that party. A plastic clamshell box that had bathcubes in it and a What's It?
From the back it looks like a penguin, there's a lions mane, raccoon eyes, rabbit fur and various other critters.
I'm not sure if this is my Second Grade picture. I need to get them all together and decide on the order or hope there's one somewhere that has the dates. For now, it's close enough.