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Aaah, the middle school years. These were the years where my memories started to stick and become smoother, with fewer gaps in between. There is a lot that is still a blur, however. I only remember the family across the street, for example, and none of the other kids in my classes or neighborhood. I tried long hair, and though you don't see it in these pictures, I had glasses, though I hated them and took them off at every opportunity, and at one point had to wear a patch to help correct my amblyopia. My mom would draw eyes on it with one of those pencils that is red on one end and blue on the other to try and make me feel better.

4th grade was my favorite year of elementary school. My teacher's name was Mrs Amendum and she encouraged my reading to the point of insanity. I remember nothing of the entire school year because all I did was read. The year was 1973 and we were living in Omaha, Nebraska. We had a German Shepherd named Heidi and a Siamese cat named Tish and my sister had a black & white rabbit named Thumper. Sadly, both the dog and the rabbit died at some point before we moved from Nebraska. I set up endlessly elaborate doll houses and doll living spaces but never actually played with the dolls and listened to The Carpenters OVER AND OVER. Also, Little House on the Prairie was not yet on the air.

There are NO EXCUSES for this dress, Mom. None! *shudder* It's Dorothy crossed with Peter Pan, by way of Laura Ingalls Wilder in her Sunday Best. Which show, by the way, was NOW ON THE AIR. Thank goodness, I had cut my hair in a Dorothy Hamill bob like the rest of the world, so that the references to Melissa Gilbert would be staved off for a short while longer. 5th grade was our last year in Omaha. I had a case of severe strep throat in the middle of the school year and missed something like 5 weeks of school. My teacher, Mrs. Brown, was a complete witch, and my math skills were traumatized for life after her influence. Plus I turned in an awesome book I wrote for an assignment (with illustrations) and she NEVER GAVE IT BACK.

AAAH! Laura Ingalls LIVES! haaa! What a hoot. To make things even more funny, I had a mad crush on Michael Landon. My father was at some year-long military officer course and we had moved to Montgomery, Alabama for a year. We lived in a walled community, and each set of townhouses had an inner courtyard with a pool. I grew my fingernails really long against my mother's wishes and devoured books like The Witches of Worm and House of Stairs both of which still give me the willies to this day. We explored the creek outside the housing community for miles under the Spanish moss and my sister and I were both obsessed with making jewelry out of colorful plastic-coated telephone wire.

Previously: Lower Elementary. Next up: Junior High School
mood: amused
music: California Snow Story—Snow in Summer

Page 1 of 2[1][2] definitely seeing the laura ingalls!! the apple on the table just adds to the effect..hehe

It was a bit much, wasn't it? :D

Wow, uncanny!

I know! It's eerie, isn't it? :D

yes this just screams laura ingalls! wow. nice photos so far :) way cute girl!!

I'm afraid that was it for the nice photos. It's all downhill from here. :P


I loved Little House on the Prairie - I watched it on TV with my grandparents all the time. And I can hardly wait until Junior High!


You may regret that statement once you see the photos. It's scary from here on out.

Haha, I love these!
..and I'm sorry, but while you're really cute, you really did look A LOT like Melissa Gilbert (I try to separate the show from the books quite a lot, since I love the books much more than the show). Particularly in the first picture I almost exclaimed: Why, that MUST be Melissa Gilbert!! ;)

I know. I've heard it my whole life. We don't look much alike anymore, though. :)

I was always told I looked like Mary Ingalls, so apparently, we are sisters. ;-)

Ha! How funny!

You brave brave woman, you. I just couldn't put all my school photos on the internet, not even for Art.

I'm having serious second thoughts about the next 2 sets: they are SCARY. All the cute: GONE.


Haha in the second picture when I read the text I thought to myself - well girl, not only the dress, but YOU really look like Laura Ingalls yourself there.

And then I saw the next photo! Where you look even MORE like her!

Take that as a compliment - I think the girl who played her (Melissa Gilbert=??) was so pretty. :)

And so were you. What a cute child you were! Of course, you are still cute... haha.



In fact, even in the first photo you look like her lost twin! LOL!


Someone had commented in a previous post that they see a resemblance to Karin in your photos - I agree! This is a great idea, posting all your school photos. Once I gather all of mine - some distant day in a future dreamland where I'm totally organized - I'd like to swipe your idea and do the same. (On Facebook, probably not on LJ.)

Do it! Do it! Do it! And don't do it on Facebook: booo! LJ man, that's where it's at!


Don't blame me for that blue dress! The strong-willed, and opinionated child of mine who insisted on choosing her own clothes! The only influence I had was to refuse to pay for a black dress with a lacy background covered with full blooming red roses that looked like a street walker dress! And that was kindergarten! And to think that I really wanted children who were independent and could stand on their own two feet....WHat a good thing that I actually got what I wanted! :0 Love, Lizardmom

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I KNOW! Separated at birth.

these have been such great posts. being a primary school (elementary) teacher, i'm so aware of the positive or negative influence you can have on students...we always remember the best and the worst of our teachers, so i know exactly how you feel about the awful mrs brown! thank you for reminding me that even years down the track what i say and do in the class will be remembered. :)

I wish I remembered more about my early teachers than I do. I have very fond memories of some of my high school teachers, and have even been in touch with a couple of them again, 20+ years later :)


Yes, what everyone said about Little House on the Prairie.

I'm looking at these pictures, the dates you state and the fact you were in Nebraska. Hmmmm, we were kind of neighbors. Well, for a short summer anyway! My father lived in Norfolk Nebraska and I visited him when I was in sixth grade or so- oh wait! You might have been in Alabama by the time I visited Norfolk. Oh well. ;)


I don't know exactly when we moved, but it must have been in the summer of '75 since I had full school years in each place.

I love the pics, you look stunning in that last one!

Har! Just wait, it's all downhill from here! :D

no wonder you ended up in a little house on the skåne prairie! :)

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