Here I am, in the new house (oh, I loved that house!). I must've been collecting these Disney movie animals from Happy Meals or something.
It's really ironic that 5th grade was a good year. Because that's the year in school I did poorly. Well, not poorly, but I slacked. I didn't pay attention. I stopped doing homework. I read other books (fiction) while class was going on.
I hated math and once, rather than bother to work through the problems, I just made up answers.
After this, I was forced to go get my eyes checked.
I was LAZY.
And I brought home not one but TWO C's.
(Insert Doomsday Music here)
This resulted in the loss of horseback riding lessons until the next report card
I had to start writing my homework assignments down for my mom to examine.
She would do them with me.
I do remember in particular studying for a health exam when I think my mom and I almost killed each other.
She was micromanaging me!
I deserved it though.
I could no longer be trusted to do my work on my own.
To this day, though, I still remember learning about the guy who swallowed a bagful of meat on a string and then pulled it back up after a couple of hours to see what happened during digestion.
Nothing like a little gore to stick permanently in a 5th grader's memory.
Anyhow, through all this transition, being in a new school, slacking off, and getting in trouble with my parents, Miss Pleasant was just nice as can be.
And while I don't remember much about how she taught, or what she taught, I do remember her gentle ways and kind, understanding voice.
And I still (blush) have the card she gave me at the end of the school year.
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