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Reflections! School Days!

School Days!
By William L. Bulla

"School days, school days.
Good old golden rule days,
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic.
Taught to the tune of a hickory stick."
I remember those school days! They were super! I had many friends, special activities at school, and great fun! Those were the days when you toed-the-line and behaved yourself in school because the principal did have a hickory stick. Well, maybe not a hickory stick, but it was a big paddle. Oh, yes, he knew how to use it too! But that really wasn't the worst part, because after getting paddled there, we had to go home where we received punishments far beyond what the principal had handed out.
But, I enjoyed school! I can remember the names of some of those dedicated teachers that worked hard to prepare me for life.
I am where I am today because those dedicated teachers taught me the things I need in today's society. School days were fun!
Few things stir the nostalgia of our lives as the days we spent in our schools decades ago.
Most of us remember the children we knew as classmates and the teachers who taught us. And even today, we remember the details of school events, graduations and the buildings.
The other fun, and interesting part, was remembering that someone whom you admired and someone who admired you - 'puppy love' - as they say! Once we leave school, we move on, and find another one to admire - this not only happened in school but also in college, but for some reason that first one lingers in our mind many years later.
Anyway, there were words unspoken, messages undelivered during those days...leaving school you just wait for your so called ex-boyfriend, or girlfriend, you admired or admired you, to call you...for a date but they never did.
It has often been said that our school days are "the happiest days of our lives," There may be some truth in this statement. As we look back on our youth, perhaps we find this to be a truthful statement, whether it be at the grade school level, high school or college. It is a period that spans a number of years in our youthful life. For most of us it was a time when we had no worries about making a living, paying bills or other obligations other than attending school. This ease in which we lived allowed us to relax and enjoy life in a fashion we no longer have.
Yes, as teenagers we had nearly total freedom, and the future was there to dream about, rather than attempt to achieve.
And as we remember the rest of the lyrics to the song:
"You were my queen in calico.
I was your bashful barefoot beau,
I wrote on your slate,
'I love you, Joe'
When we were a couple of kids."

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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