Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Was an Abacist (a.k.a. The Post in Which I Talk a Lot About My Friend Angie)

That's right. I was. And I was only 6 years old!

Actually, I didn't know until today that someone who uses an abacus - that old fashioned calculator - even had a name. An abacist. I don't know about you but that almost sounds naughty or, at least, unhealthy. This one was a gift from my friend Angie. She and I went to school together, graduated together, and now we teach school together smack dab across the hall from each other. If my memory is correct we even had a college class or two together before she transferred to another school. Years ago when they were trashing surplusing a lot of old stuff she managed to save this little gem from an uncertain future. I can't be 100% positive as to if it's the same one, but it's identical to one we had in our first grade class (Angie and I were in the same 1st grade class).


Miss Ruth Carter was our teacher. She was a good teacher and even though she spanked me because I didn't know how to use a broom correctly (Angie did and was asked by Miss Ruth to demonstrate), I always thought her a kindly woman. I believe ours was her last class before she retired.

To have been only six at the time I do remember a lot from that year. Some of my best memories include...
using the abacus, of course


Miss Ruth's pantsuits


being amazed at how fast Angie could finish a math assignment


Tracy L. taking his glass eyeball out for everyone to see


casting votes on the board in our classroom in a mock presidential election. I voted for Ford. I felt to not vote for the sitting president would somehow be disrespectful.


learning how to sweep



One last thing about Angie...with only one house between us, she's my neighbor.

5 comments:

Susie said...

Wait just one minute! That was last seen in MY room when I was teaching first grade! I wondered what happened to it.

Farmchick said...

I bet you did learn how to sweep! LOL!

Tyla said...

Farmchick, I hate to admit it but it was still yeaaarrrs before I truly learned how to sweep. I was somewhat spoiled in the chores department. lol

Susie, I'll leave it to you when I retire. Well, wait a minute. You'll be in the nursing home by then and will have no need of it, as my retirement is still too many years away. What was it Debbie said? "If I had that many years to go, I'd just shoot myself."? LOL

Anonymous said...

I remember that abacus, too. I remember it more from when Ms. Ruth let me come to her class with Michelle when I was only 4 than from when I was in her class. I got a lot of practice with that abacus as a 4 year old and loved it. Maybe that's why I like math so well. Good memories...Thanks, Tyla! Beth B.

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