For whatever reason, last week at our family dinner get-together we started going through OLD photos, ones that dated from WWI and the 1920's. These were photos of my grandparents and parents as children. Since I am the oldest (I remember when I was the youngest) member of the family the discussion turned to photos from my childhood. I am not someone who saves photos and mementos; that was my mom and sister. However, before my mom passed away she went through ALL of her photos and mementos, separating them into boxes for each of us. I just so happened to know where my box was. We had the best time going through the old photos of me, poking fun at what I looked like, what I wore.
The most interest (and LAUGHS) came from a pile of band photos. Back in the day, I was a band geek, BANDO; as was my niece and her husband; and as is their son, my great nephew. Connor was leaving the next day for band camp (he is there now, having the time of his life) and he was curious about band in the OLD DAYS... really, he used those words!
Here, then, is band in the OLD DAYS...
|circa 1974, Was I EVER that young?|
|Band Camp 1975|
|Memorial Day Parade 1976|
I'm closest to the camera.
|Spirit of '76|
I actually made money traveling to local sports events, meetings, and other high school concerts playing in this shtick.
Remember 1976 was the US Bicentennial. Would you believe I still have that costume? Minus the bloody bandage.
40 years later, I still am a BANDO...
|Alumni Homecoming Band 2009|
We even marched!
I sometimes play for local theater musical productions. I thought I had a photo from "Guys and Dolls" but alas it's nowhere to be found. Instead try to imagine this: I am dressed in a Salvation Army Uniform, seated at the rear of the "in the round outdoor theater tent" stage, playing flute/piccolo whilst the singing and acting are going on... all while it is 95 degrees with 95% humidity and 75 degree dewpoint outside the closed tent! Can you say wet mop, wring me out? Somehow I didn't seem to mind!
We don't seem to mind doing the things we enjoy or find worthwhile no matter the conditions! We find the time, we ignore the weather, we push past our tiredness. Whether it be blogging, preparing lessons, creating teaching products, running, reading, or playing an instrument, we love to talk about them, we love to share them, and we love to DO! And while we are doing we are creating memories! Memories that someday we might sit around a dinner table and share. Perhaps YOU WILL BE A MEMORY that one of your students will share with a grandchild someday. Makes you stop and think, eh?
Earlier this summer I stumbled upon the cutest worksheet made by Teaching 5th in Georgia. It will help your students remember the memories that they created during their summer break and perhaps encourage a few conversations along the way. You can download the sheet HERE or by clicking on the pic below.
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