Herald and Journal
Herald & Journal, August 24, 1998

Good old golden rule days


The kids will soon be in school.

Millions of mothers will heave a sigh of relief. Others will tearfully send their five-year-olds to school for the first time. I don't think the tears will last very long.

I remember my first day of school. That was . . . let's see . . . can it be ­ 65 years ago? There've been some changes since then.

First of all, there was no kindergarten then. Not in Howard Lake anyway. As noted though, in a previous column, kindergarten was "invented" here in Watertown, Wis., many years before I started school.

There was no hot lunch. That didn't show up until high school. Us country kids carried our lunch in a lunch bucket from home. There'd be a couple sandwiches with jelly or peanut butter. Lunch meat was a rarity as times were hard during the depression.

You'd probably have a couple delicious cookies your Mother baked. Maybe some fruit, like grapes, banana, orange or certainly an apple. The town kids went home and had a hot lunch.

No school buses for a couple years. Either your parents took you to school or you rode with a neighbor.

No, I'm not going to brag about walking to school through high snow drifts because I'd be lying. I never did that. Always had a ride. Nearest thing to walking to school was I rode my bike in the spring or fall.

Yes, there have been many changes over the years, all improvements. But I wish something would stop . . . school shootings. It is a very tragic part of life in the '90s. School is supposed to be a safe place.

Oh, for the good old school days.

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