I’m so excited for him, especially because this is the first time he will be going to college because he wants to, not because he has to, and because he will be working towards a new career that will really make him happy. That, in turn, makes me happy.
All this talk about course syllabuses and homework this week has gotten me to thinking about my own schooling history. From the minute I hit Kindergarten I loved school. Not only did I enjoy it, but I was really good at it too. It’s one of the few things that I actually do very well. In fact, if someone would pay me, I would gladly just go to school for the rest of my life.
I was one of those annoying kids, the ones who got all As, even in the subjects I didn’t like or wasn’t as good at. And I was also that annoying kid who would cry if I got an 89 percent instead of a 90 or 95 percent. Yeah, I was a perfectionist and set high standards for myself, but I loved the challenge.
My favorite subjects all throughout school never changed. They were always English, Art and Music, in that order. I enjoyed History and the Sciences too, but they weren’t my favorites. Using my imagination to read, write stories and draw…ah…there’s no better high for me. In fact, from the time I was very little I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I even have a little drawing I did when I was 5 years old that says “I want to be an artist and write books.” There is a lovely little clichéd picture underneath it of myself in an artist’s smock and beret with paintbrush in hand. And I’ve been right on track for that goal, a stunning success in English and Art, until I graduated college and hit the real world, that is. I’ve been derailed ever since. But perhaps that is a lament best saved for another blog entry.
In elementary school, I loved Drama too, but once I got to High School, and it became an extremely competitive thing… well… that ended my acting career before it even got started. I was too scared. Being competitive is just not in my nature (and that’s an understatement).
My most hated subjects where Math and P.E. Numbers just don’t stick in my head. They never have. I can’t bend them and get them to work properly. I always got As and Bs in Math, but it was with much blood, sweat and tears. The homework took me about three times as long as my other homework and included much complaining and whining. I hated P.E. even more, because I’ve always been such a klutz. My middle name is not “grace”. Then add to that equation the fact that I wore glasses and was a complete geek. My glasses would invariably get knocked off my head by a wayward basketball and go flying across the playground. It was an hour of humiliation every week. I’m so very glad to have those days behind me.
Well, I think I’m done taking a stroll down memory lane, especially after those last bumps in the road. One of the reasons I wrote this post was to ask you, gentle readers, what your favorite subjects in school were, just to get to know a little bit more about you. I invite you to leave a comment and let me know.