Golden Days Of One-Room Schoolhouse

Memories of time spent attending a one-room schoolhouse.

One-Room Schoolhouse

Many folks remember the old rural one-room schoolhouse.

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The Goldenrod is butter yellow; standing there in shame as those who pick its beautiful blossoms are now off to the opening of another school term. I recall when those lovely wild flowers were laden with dust along the road where the Model Ts went merrily along dirt roads. I remember trying to walk within the ruts as I trudged toward the one-room schoolhouse. Fall, with its profusion of Goldenrod is a reminder of those days.

Those were lovely days in my early life: my worries were centered on "how could I get the attention of a certain little boy in blue overalls?" Another worry wrinkle might come when I wondered if Ma put enough fried chicken in my syrup bucket so I would have a leg left for the long walk home! Problems inside the books were nothing compared to those stinging problems in the girls out-house  wasp nests and big black ants!

Ah, time has changed the school scene; roads are blacktopped, kids ride a bus to class, hot lunch is served in an air conditioned room and the 3 R's seemed to have taken a back seat to higher kinds of learning. It seems, life is no longer simple...even halls of learning leave me in a daze!

Annabel Whobrey
Rogersville, Missouri


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