school days and a new blog

Jules —  August 17, 2006

School Days
(When We Were a Couple of Kids)

Words and Music By: Cobbs & Edwards

Nothing to do, Nellie Darling,
Oh, there’s nothing to do, you say,
Let’s take a trip
On the Memory Ship,
And sail back to the good old days.
Sail to the old village schoolhouse,
Anchor outside the school door,
Look in and see,
There’s you and there’s me,
A couple of kids once more.

School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
‘Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick.
You were my queen in calico,
I was your bashful barefoot beau,
And you wrote on my slate,
‘I love you, Joe,’
When we were a couple of kids.

‘Member the hill, Nellie Darling,
And the oak tree that grew on its brow?
They’ve built forty stories
Upon that old hill,
And the oak’s an old chestnut now.
‘Member the meadows so green, dear,
So fragrant with clover and maize,
Into new city lots
And apartment block plots,
They’ve torn them up since those days.

School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
‘Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick.
You were my queen in calico,
I was your bashful barefoot beau,
And you wrote on my slate,
‘I love you, Joe,’
When we were a couple of kids.


***Blog debut***

My bestest childhood friend Elizabeth just started her own blog. I think it will be a great outlet for her. She’s busy preparing for all of her classes and I know she’d love comments to help take her mind off all her preparations. Her site has a great name — French Roasted. Please check it out!



26 responses to school days and a new blog

  1. Congrats on making it through another summer Julie! :drool

  2. Unless you know the age differences you would think the one on the right is the younger one.

  3. The girls look ready to get going!

    Also loved your post about the wedding and your trip–my stomach actually felt a little queasy after reading about your mountain drive! ha Did Angelia go with you? I must have overlooked her in the pictures; most of the time I only noticed the 3 older girls.

    We’ve been keeping busy with school. Schooling 3 boys takes A LOT longer than 2. This morning we’re taking it a little easy–I’ve got a cold and Connor didn’t sleep well last night. He’s in the process of getting braces and had spacers put in yesterday. They HURT! Spacers are little plastic things wedged in between the back teeth so some space will be created by next week when the actual metal brackets are put on (some of the brackets wrap around the teeth). I didn’t realize all that goes into getting braces. :eek

  4. I am actually very sad and teary today, Carl.

  5. Awww–I bet the house seems too quiet now, doesn’t it? :cry :cry’

    Changes are hard, especially when they involve your kids. I was sad last night–Connor started in the youth group at church. He’s a big ol’ 7th grader now, but he sure looks little in there with the Senior high schoolers.

    Oops, I did it again–on my above post, I spelled Anjelia’s name wrong again. Sorry (so sorry, so very sorry, really I’m sorry!)

  6. I just can’t escape emotion in our family.

    We were excited for summer to get here so we could have some fun times with the kids. Towards the end of summer we were kind of excited to have the older ones going back to school. They were really starting to get on each other’s nerves. Now it’s kind of sad summer is over and they are going back into school. The house is a little quiet and you can feel the page turn on another chapter of their childhood. The first day of school always felt like a new chapter was being started for me.

  7. You should be sorry!! Hehe! For some reason I feel sorry too!! :drool

    Anjelia didn’t go. She stayed with Mom. James was busy with all the wedding stuff so just having the three girls made it a much easier, more enjoyable time for me. I sure did miss her a great deal though. I got to see how much easier it will be going places and doing activities when she is just a little bit older. It’s going to be so much fun!

    You have my respect with the home schooling. I am not called to that but I think it’s great.

    Wow! You have a 7th grader! I can’t imagine! I will be there before I know it, I suppose. I sure don’t miss those Junior High years. I think they are one of the hardest times of life. Hang in there Connor! We’re rooting for ya!

  8. Geez hon! Your comments aren’t helping my melancholy mood! That’s ok. I am going to soak in the melancholy today! Sometimes it feels kinda good doesn’t it?

  9. WOW!! Deb, how could you do that, let my grandson get that old. They are supposed to grow S-l-o-w, since I don’t get to see them that often. I work with the Youth at church, so it’s hard to believe he is there already. James & Julie, not sure you ever get over being melancholy.
    Gil if your reading this, I’m leaving Kandi’ for home about 12:00 noon.

  10. It was interesting driving to work this morning and seeing all the mothers…many young mothers…standing outside with a baby on the hip and kids waiting for the bus! I’m sure the girls are glad for something new to do during the day.

  11. I didn’t have a baby on my hip this year. Instead, I had a two-year-old running around growling like a tiger.

    The girls were excited. They couldn’t eat breakfas and were at the bus stop a half hour early. They just didn’t want to wait. Lydia was nervous because she is going to a new school and was worried about finding her classroom. I’m sure she did fine. She went to summer school in that building and knows her way around.

  12. I’m so glad Kandi has a family member there to help out. Thanks, Aunt Marilyn!!

  13. Their so cute. I remember Punky and tootsie getting on school buses. We lived in the country and rode buses that had no air :cry. The first bus ride to the school after moving from out of state to here, the school was still burning (neighbor fights over school district) We were in the ole one room school house, that luckly was kept for a school lunch room. Now the kids had to bring their lunches. Well of course the school was rebuilt and the ole one room went back to being a lunch room that I ended up subing for a cook in years later. When your older and look back, these were fun years. Especially at recess on the swings. I’ll stop, but could go on.

  14. Glad I could help out for a change. The girls look so pretty. I remember shopping for school clothes for the girls. We’d come home and have a fashion show for Gil. The styles have changed a bit, but I think they are so cute. I see the pretty blouses for young women, can’t seem to find anything cute for 60 yr.+’s I am really getting sick of T-shirts so have my sites on other styles. It’s very difficult to find clothes as comfy as a T-shirt though. I’m a going to keep lookin though.

  15. The school busses still don’t have air conditioning.

  16. Remember the time the bus slid off the road after a snow storm and got stuck in the ditch with a load of kids. Farmers brought their tractors and trucks and took us kids to a house to keep warm. I don’t remember how we got home. I wonder if the law would let us ride on the back of those tractors now days. I think we just stood on a bar that was used to pull wagons. I remember it was really cold.

  17. wE WERE a hardy bunch back then. School was out in the country, way away from any town. Just the Staats country feed and grocery store. I doubt they could get by with it now. Some parent would want to sue someone. Oh for the good ole days.

  18. Yes I do remember and we stayed at the Martins house. We later ended up going to school with their kids in high school years later. Bonnie, Myrtle and Helen in my glass and I think they had a much younger brother. I don’t think TATOR was their brother, but may have been.

  19. Aaron and Sarah just got their homeschool books in the mail today. They are excited and Chris is too! He was worried about himself being excited about getting into homeschooling again. Something totally out of his character of a few years ago.
    I’m glad he enjoys it.
    Aaron patted behind his knees and asked me if they were his knee pits since he has arm pits.
    I took the kids swimming today. The 3 of them are leaving on Monday for NY to work on Chris’ brothers house for 2 weeks. Chris wants to do the outside stuff while it’s warm. I’m going to miss them. The baby is very active so at least I’ll have some company. I’m still trying to come up with a good reason for them not to go, but the lottery hasn’t come through yet. :cry

  20. I mean in my class :oops :rotfl

  21. Knee pits! :rotfl That’s really cute. I love those kinds of questions from kids. When Jessica was a toddler she called her belly button her belly buddy! I was reminded of that this week.

    You sure are going to miss them Trish. I hope it goes by quickly for you.

  22. I’m wondering how you are getting to work. Or are you on leave now. Glad you are still doing ok Trish. Knee pits, someone had to come up with it eventually. That’s MY grandson. You’ll probably be calling them to come home early, Trish. Is Gma going to be watching the kids?

  23. Ian starts school Wed the 23rd..

  24. Jules:
    The girls are growing. They are beautiful.

  25. Kandi, did you find all the putty on the floor. I aimed to go back and clean it up off of Ians floor but didn’t get it done. They said to let it dry so I thought I’d better do as they said.

  26. Hi all!
    Erin and I went college shopping today :cry!
    We got things like twin sheets, a bowl and cup and plate. We got her a hair dryer(she shared one with Alexis). We got towels and a bath rug. It was a busy day but we enjoyed it. She has such a
    good head on her shoulders and I expect her to do
    well in college. We will miss her very much. She has such a sense of humor and Aiden loves to play with Erin. He enjoys Alexis too, but Erin is louder and rowdier. Alexis is vice-president of student council in high school. She is busy with soccer. We are going out of town to east TN for a tournament and Erin may go with us even though we move her in on Thur.24th. Say a prayer that God will protect her and lead her and us. Alexis will be in another pageant in a month for Coffee County Fair. She keeps us busy!