Can you find me? Hint: Look for glasses, bangs and shoulder pads.
Did you find me? I’m the shmooshed one on the bench.
Either the bench is too small or there were too many kids in this class.
You can tell that there was at one point before the picture was taken a plan. MOST of the kids are in order from tallest to smallest. Then you have the random blonde girl in-between the teacher and another 3rd grader about a foot taller than her.
Then there is me. I don’t remember a whole lot about this picture except that it was chaotic and I was sitting comfortably, and then all of a sudden I was not and was being told to smile.
Third grade in Guam was a big year. I went through a big transition. I moved from a 3rd grade autumn in western Pennsylvania to a hot tropical land on an itsy-bitsy island by the Philippines. In addition to learning multiplication, I learned about the Chamorro people, their alphabet and all their crazy legends. All of which I use in my everyday life to this very day.
This is probably the last picture of me with un-scarred knees. It was in Guam where I had a really gruesome fall and had to get several stitches on my knee. I’m getting all shivery just thinking about it.
I really did love it in Guam though. There were stray cats and “boonie” pigs. Gecko’s and blue star fish. I think it was in Guam where became acclimated to super hot weather and now I am a super wimp when it comes to winter and its polar vortexes. I also became quite spoiled when it comes to which beach I will swim in. In Guam the water is blue and warm and you can step on a squishy sea cucumber at any moment.
You would imagine my surprise when I was introduced to the “shore” of New Jersey. Where you have to pay to get on the beach, the water is cold and murky and you can step on a syringe at any moment.
I will probably never make it back to the little island of Guam. I’m not sure I would want to though. Its a 21 hr flight and they have a massive brown snake problem.
At least I will always have this picture. And that’s pretty much the same thing. 🙂