Mrs. Anderson had a giant beehive hairdo. She wore crisp blouse, black thick heeled shoes, and cute, slim skirts that ended a few inches above her knee as was the style of the early 70s. She talked in a soft, welcoming and slightly ‘sing-songy’ voice and greeted her brood of five year olds each day like today was the best day of our lives. She would transition us flawlessly from stories to snack and coloring to nap. I don’t remember much of kindergarten except for feeling loved each day, all day in that very warm and inviting room.
She was a kindergarten teacher. A special breed. Someone -as a five year old- I treasured, but someone I would never be.
And honestly my only memory of kindergartner was this one…
I knew I felt sick the moment I woke up, but I could not miss school. I loved school and not hell, high water or a little vomit would keep me from going. I never let my mom know that I didn’t feel well and tried to duck from her morning goodbye kiss just in case my head would feel hot. I remember chanting quietly to myself on the bus – do not get sick, do not get sick, do not get sick..and it seemed to work as I rode the bus to school, hung my coat in the back cloak room on my labeled hook, sat on the rug for circle time, and did a little scissor practice.
But then came snack.
I carefully sipped my milk and took just a few bites of a cookie just to show the teacher that I felt perfectly fine. “Yes, only free-time, nap and stories and it would be time to go home. I could totally do this.” I thought. Proud of myself for being so strong.
For free-time I chose reading. I decided that sitting on a beanbag with a book is just what the doctor ordered, and it would be the best choice while I was determined to keep my snack down. So, I slowly made my way over to the bookshelf to grab just any book. But as I stood behind the shelves, alone, and shielded from the class – I puked. Like everywhere – all over the floor, the wall, down a shelf of of books that were so neatly arranged alphabetically.
I panicked as I saw Mrs. Anderson across the room. She heard the puke, and started rushing over to the books. I had to act fast if I wanted to save myself and stay in school that day, so I quickly grabbed Tommy from the Tonka Truck area and shoved him over by the books and said “Mrs. Anderson – Tommy just puked everywhere!”
But the vomit dripping off my long ponytails gave me away and I was sent home for the day. I cried the whole afternoon because I had to miss a day of school.
Did you love kindergarten enough to never want to miss a day?
Well it’s time to relive that precious year of school again with a fabulous bunch of bloggers (there are 23 of us!), and do something fun for you!!
We present to you:
Name That Kindergartner!
It’s very simple – just match the picture (with the assigned alphabet) to the blogger whose blog is listed below. What’s in it for you? Other than some fun (and it’s fun, promise), you can win an awesome $300 Amazon gift card. You can also get to know some of the bloggers listed here, if you don’t already. You can have a laugh at our expenses. Don’t worry, we did. Now, go forth and play!
Enter your answers on this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qwSRhga4-tpR4_dmP7F8kKZrCLzRn0AnyVgtrnfssMs/viewform).
Participating bloggers, in alphabetical order:
Angela of Angela Amman
Angie of Angie Kinghorn
Deborah of Ask Doctor G
Robin of Farewell Stranger
Poppy of Funny or Snot
Leigh Ann of Genie in a Blog
Greta of Gfunkified
Jennifer of Jennifer P. Williams
Tonya of Letters for Lucas
Kiran of Masala Chica
Laura of Mommy Miracles
Natalie of Mommy of a Monster (and Twins)
Brittany of Mommy Words
Jessica of My Time as Mom
Kimberly of Reflections of Now
Tracy of Sellabit Mum
Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life
Sarah of The Sunday Spill
Galit of These Little Waves
Kristin of Two Cannoli
Arnebya of What Now and Why
Kristin of What She Said
Alison of Writing, Wishing
Terms and conditions apply:
- You must be 18 years or older to enter.
- This contest is only open to residents of USA and Canada.
- This contest is open from March 11 – 15, 2013 (closes at 9pm Eastern).
- Visit the link above, where you will be able to enter your guess for each blogger pictured. (All information will be kept private.)
- The person to correctly match all the faces with their blog will win a $300 Amazon gift card. The two other closest guesses will each win one $80 Amazon gift card.
- If more than one person correctly matches all the faces with their blogs, we will randomly pick a winner via random.org.
- If no one guesses all of the faces correctly, the winner will be the person who made the most correct guesses.
- This is not a sponsored post. Prizes are paid for out of the participating bloggers’ own pockets.
- You CAN enter more than once!
- Winners will be announced week of March 18.
“Name That Kindergartner” was inspired by the “Name That DIY Blogger” contest, over at My Blessed Life
And if you see a little vomit over by the bookshelf – it like totally wasn’t me…it was that dang Tommy again.