Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

There I stood at the front of the second-grade classroom, looking down at the floor tiles and nervously shifting my weight from one saddle-shoed foot to the other.

“Again,” said Sister Mary Dafnida as my 20 classmates looked on, relieved that it was me and not them undergoing this public scrutiny. “Read it again.”

I lifted my face once more toward the source of my current discomfort: the 6-inch cardboard letters stapled above the blackboard.

“Do your best, your very best, and do it every day,” I read out loud for a second time.

The words were displayed in a cheerful yellow, but their message was a clear admonishment to me. I had just hurriedly turned in my math assignment and had skipped an entire column of worksheet problems in my haste, thus earning a less-than-stellar grade from Sister Mary. She was not pleased, and she took the opportunity to remind me that I was not working up to my potential.

Obviously, her tactic worked, as here I am, 46 years later, still able to recite that little ditty from memory, and still trying to do my very best every day.

Some of the greatest lessons we learned in school have nothing to do with reading, writing or arithmetic. My story and the other school-days stories in this issue reinforce that notion. And speaking of lessons learned, we also included stories of flight attempts that never should have been made. And we remember how easy it is to lose track of a treasured object from childhood.

We hope you agree with our selections for your September/October enjoyment. We tried our very best!

’Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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