Grammar school memories.

My best friend in grammar school was nicknamed “Giggles,” so that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt for today.  In case Judy Garcia (her maiden name, as I assume she’s married now) is reading this, yes, I remember you.  It’s hard to believe I graduated from grammar school 20 years ago now, but it was June 7, 1996 — my 14th birthday.  I didn’t have a lot of friends in school, being the overweight, unattractive nerd that I was, but I had a few, and she was one of them.  I miss her, just like I miss all of them, even the people I didn’t like.  I often wonder what everyone is doing now, two decades later.  Are they still living in Chicago or have they, like me, since moved away?  Did any of them go to college?  Are they married?  Do they have kids?

Do you ever think about the people you went to school with, be it grammar school or high school?  I sometimes do.


  1. Vonita · April 13, 2016

    I have seen the crowd from my primary (grammar?) school on Facebook. It makes me sad as I was a nerd too, never had many friends, and never mixed in the ‘in crowd’. The very first school I started at I had heaps of friends as well as my childhood best friend, but we moved after a year. After that I went to a convent for high school which was very small, and I am still friends with some of them, though I have moved away, so mainly keep in touch on fb.


    • Beth · April 14, 2016

      I’m not on Facebook, but I’m sure if I was, I could find people I went to grammar/high school with, but I’m not entirely sure I’d be happy about it in the end. My life isn’t where I’d like it to be, and being reminded that other people in my age group are living the life I wish I was would just make me hate myself more than I already do. That’s why I left Facebook to begin with 6 years ago. I got tired of seeing wedding pictures, baby announcements, all of that. I’m single and childless, and while the latter is by design, I don’t need it rubbed in my face, particularly concerning how I’m seen as “defective” for that choice.


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      • Vonita · April 14, 2016

        Fb can be counter-productive, I have stopped ‘following’ some for similar reasons, even though we are still friends.


        • Beth · April 15, 2016

          Some of these women were people who either didn’t like me in high school or had no real opinion of me one way or the other, so either unfriending them or just leaving Facebook altogether wasn’t that high a sacrifice. I don’t hate kids, I don’t hate babies, I don’t hate mothers. I just don’t like being made to feel inferior because I’ve chosen not to reproduce. While none of them came out and said so in so many words, that’s what they thought, and I could read between the lines.

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  2. Laurie · April 13, 2016

    My class has a fb page. I was one of the organizers of our 35th class reunion last year. It was really interesting. I am closer to “classmates” now that I was while in school. It’s been great.


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  4. Jim Kane · April 14, 2016

    Great post Beth.

    With Facebook, I am in contact with some of my classmates, some of whom go back to grade school. And with my 40th HS reunion later this year… I am probably going to see some more friending going on.




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