Age 7 Second Grade: Bossy Wheels and Shady Deals

This is the 4th post in a 12 week series joining Mommy’s Piggy Tales to record my youth!

2nd Grade

Mrs. Murray was my 2nd grade teacher. She was tall, thin, and blonde. She was a really nice teacher. When I got to the high school she was our Bible Club sponsor. I think she retired a few years after I graduated.

An Apple for Teacher
2nd Grade was a year of many new things for me. Our classroom was the first to get a computer. I remember it being a big deal and I think we took a whole day off just to use the computer. We each had to pick a few graphics and write a sentence about them. Here is my work…aren’t those graphics just awesome 😉

Holes in my head

It was during 2nd grade when I was 8 years old that I got my ears pierced. I was so excited about getting my ears pierced and becoming more grown up. I don’t think we did anything special that day, but I do remember that I had my ears pierced at the pediatrician’s office. It didn’t hurt but the gun made a really loud popping sound. I took really good care of my ears and never had trouble with them. Around the time I graduated my piercings began to bother me. When I would put earrings in my ears would turn red, the holes would swell and eventually puss (yummy!). I tried every different kind of post imaginable but nothing helped. In fact, they just kept getting worse as I got older. Eventually I quit wearing earrings all together and now the holes have almost entirely shut.
Here’s my 2nd grade school picture where you can see my pierced ears.
Warning: This is the worst school picture that I’ve ever taken.
I hope that you can get some enjoyment out of it.

I had a bad cold and my chapped lips pretty much became chapped mouth and chapped chin. On a happy note, that’s one of my all time favorite dresses that I’m wearing. You can’t see it in the picture (:() but at the bottom of the dress was a squirrel raking leaves. I thought it was so cute; I was so disappointed when I grew out of it.


Another new thing that happened that year was my sister and I getting eye glasses. I actually kinda wanted glasses and I’m not sure why. Now I really wish I never had to get them! My sister and I are nearsighted so we couldn’t see the blackboard far away. We were supposed to only wear our glasses when we had to look far away and keep them off the rest of the time. This proved to be very inconvenient with the constant on/off…so we usually just wore them all of the time. I’m not sure whether or not that’s what made our eyes worse, but it didn’t take long before my sister and I had to wear our glasses all of the time. They continued to get steadily worse. Forget nearsighted. Now I can only see an inch in front of my face without glasses/contacts. I don’t know if bad eyes are hereditary but our parents didn’t wear glasses and our grandparents only wore reading glasses. The only other relative we had with eyes as bad as ours was our Aunt (you can see a photo of her awesome 80s specs here).
I had a hard time finding a picture of us wearing glasses 1986/87 because we usually took them off for photos. After a year or so, we left them on for pictures. Here’s what I do have from ‘87.

The Bossy Little Traffic Cop

I wasn’t your normal kid. I didn’t play a lot. Sure, I was creative and imaginative and I like to play pretend. Other than that, I didn’t have much interest in toys or games and I didn’t care to play outside. One day all of the neighborhood kids were outside playing. There were at least 3 or 4 of them plus my sister and me. There were kids on bikes and skates. There were kids running back and forth across the street. It was chaos ;)! I went inside and put on my Care Bear roller skates and a whistle. I then proceeded to go outside and direct traffic. I blew my whistle and put out my hand. I told kids when they could stop, when they could go, and how fast they could go. And you know what? Those crazy kids listened to me. I guess I’m just a born leader. It’s a good thing that I learned to use my superpowers for good instead of evil. It took time, though, it took time 😉

*Photo credit link at the bottom of this post*

I’m not sure how old I was when this happened, but I have a guess. For Christmas 1985 my sister and I received Care Bear roller skates from our Aunt Julie. It was obviously summertime if we were playing outside. Considering how quickly children’s feet grow, I assume that the summer of ’86 and maybe ’87 would’ve been the only opportunities we would’ve had to wear and use said skates. Obviously mad deduction skills are another superpower of mine. Don’t be jealous.

It’s not personal, it’s business

One day all of the neighborhood kids were playing outside and saying how hungry and thirsty they were getting, but didn’t want to go outside. Because of children’s habits of constantly running in out of the house for drinks, moms often made a “once you’re in, you’re in” rule. Being the conniving compassionate little girl that I was I came up with a greedy brilliant scheme idea. I went inside the house and came back out with: a shoebox, Dixie cups, a box of graham crackers, and a container of apple juice. I set up a table on the front porch and then charged each child $1 for a Dixie cup of apple juice and a square of graham cracker. Later in the day my mom saw me counting a box of money. She asked me where I got it and I told her. I was so proud of myself. I think I made $10. My mom told me that it wasn’t right to take their money. She walked me around to all of the houses and had me apologize and return the money (which was totally not fair since they didn’t return the crackers or apple juice!). I don’t think I ever tried to start another business after that. Pity. I could’ve been bigger than Trump 😉

*I found the photo of the Vintage 1983 Care Bear Roller Skates here

You can read about my 7th birthday here:
Jenn’s 7th Birthday Party 1986.

My Piggy Tales:
*My Birth Story: I’m always late!
*Ages 3-5: Dancing in a box
*Age 6 First Grade: There’s a bra in my lunchbox!
*Age 7 Second Grade: Bossy Wheels and Shady Deals
*Age 8 Third Grade: I will not talk in class
*Age 9 Fourth Grade: I didn’t really need those fingers anyway!
*Age 10 5th Grade: Nothing’s Scary in the Fifth Grade
*Age 11 6th Grade: Jenny Got Ran Over by her Grandma
*Age 12 7th Grade: Youth Camp Stinks
*Age 13 8th Grade: “Talent” Show
*Age 14 9th Grade: (N)O Christmas Tree
*Age 15 10th Grade: The Newsboys Wouldn’t Ditch Their Friends
*Age 16 11th Grade: Acrophobia Gets You the Good Seats
*Age 17 12th Grade: In School Suspension

My Young Adult Years
*Dreams and Aspirations: The Long Road There
*Friends and Fellowship: Friends Don’t Get Friends Grounded
*My First Job
*How I Met Cool Daddy Part 1
*How I Met Cool Daddy Part 2
*Colonel Mustard on a Rollercoaster with a Plastic Fork

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Posted on October 28, 2010, in Flashbacks, Humor, Jenn, Mommy's Piggy Tales and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Fabulous stories…a buck? How did they have a buck and couldn’t get water? We never carried cash – if we had it -coins no bills – we went to the corner store for candy.

    Visiting from group 4


  2. Computers?! I’m so jealous. I do love the graphics though. I think I was in fifth grade before I got to sit in front of a computer at school. You guys must have been advanced.

    BTW, you probably would’ve swindled me out of my allowance if we had grown up together. Lol! Great idea.


    • Hi Becky! Yeah, getting teh computer was a big deal. I think we were the only class in the whole school to have one at first. Not sure why. I don’t recall being allowed to use it again after that first day, though.

      I use to swindle my sister out of her money all of the time. This is probably why I don’t have any friends 😉


  3. I think your glasses are adorable! Also, I’ve chuckled at your “not so good” school pictures. We’ve all had days like that. Your dress is darling. Funny how we remember our own clothes with such detail. Cute stories too. Karen (visiting from Group 3)


    • Oh my, Karen, I loved that dress! I thought it was so cute, I wore it every chance I got. I wish I had a picture of the whole thing so that the squirrel was visible 😦
      That’s one nice picture, huh? haha I was feeling so miserable that day I probably should’ve stayed home from school.
      And boy did I grow to hate those giant glasses!
      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Where did your friends get the money? That’s a lot for their ages. You definitely could be a business major. That’s what my son is now and he did the same things as you with business. We applauded his endeavors.

    Glasses….ugh! I started wearing them full time in second grade. It probably could have been sooner had my parents realized sitting one foot from the televison was not normal. Still have them and the permanent indents from nose pads.

    Too bad you couldn’t save your favorite dress.

    That is a way clever title you used for your posting!!


    • Donna, I really don’t know where those little kids came up with all that cash…I just accepted it gladly 🙂 I almost seem to remember a few parents coming up to me with their kids. The kids must’ve told them I was selling it like a lemonade stand or something…but I never bothered to ask my mom if it was ok. Guess I should’ve done that first, huh?

      Glasses are such a pain, especially for a little kid. I couldn’t wait to get contacts!

      My mom actually saved a lot of our clothes from when we were little. I’ve dressed Adaline in several of my church dresses from my childhood. They’re so different and refreshing to see these days. I don’t think mom kept this one, but I’ll have to go digging through her attic to see for sure!

      Thanks! I had a tough time coming up with my title this time around. It’s actually one of the reasons I put my post up so late. I told my husband, “I need another catchy title that makes sense”. Then it just hit me 🙂


  5. Gosh, I forgot all about starting to wear glasses at that age! It wasn’t until I got into school that anyone noticed I couldn’t see very well. Nowadays, it probably would have been caught at a much earlier age. Thanks for the memories!

    Beth from Group 3


    • Beth, it seems like a lot of us got glasses around the same time. I guess it takes some squinting at the chalkboard for anyone to notice we have a problem!
      I could never forget getting glasses. My bad eyes have seemed like such a part of my life…I can’t even remember what it was like to see clearly without any help. Yuck. I hope my daughter has perfect vision forever!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  6. First of all I love your new banner! And I love the story…LOL!!


    • Thanks, Retha! I was so excited when I saw the “Cool Bus”. I told my Hubby, “That would be perfect for the blog.” Too bad he couldn’t be in it because he was taking the picture 😦


  7. I remember having clothes I was disappointed when I out grew them. I also remember wanting to wear glasses when I was little, so I would try and fail the eye exam, but it never worked LOL


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