Today I remembered something from when I was in Elementary school. I remembered the school would hold a Food Drive, don’t exactly remember for whom I just remember the rules and prize. When you’re kids those are the only things you remember so when your parents asked you why you needed these cans all you said, “we need them for our class to win the pizza party.” All these memories of watching the corner of our classrooms getting smaller and everybody counting up how many we had before our teacher would bring the box(es) up to the office that afternoon.
Some girls and an adult came up to my nana and papaw’s asking for canned goods to be put in this giant green bucket. I think they said it was for their church. Anyways, I had to make sure their dog Casey didn’t hurt them so I blocked the space by the door and under the table so she couldn’t get through. Nana grabbed a couple canned goods for them and they left. After they left, I told nana about these old memories about school and doing Food drives.
While I was in school I did after-school activities. When I was in elementary school, I did Girls Scouts. I did that from the middle of first grade to eighth grade. I remembered we held a Bake Sale once at a bank. That was fun since I have never done that before. Haven’t done it since actually. In high school, during both Junior and Senior years I was in National Honor Society. We did this thing around Thanksgiving, everybody was assigned in different groups and everybody had to bring in a different canned and/or boxed goods. During Christmastime, we would help out the families who couldn’t really afford presents for their kids and we would buy them gifts, wrap them and the seniors would go to meet these kids and help out and talk to them. It was so cute and sweet. They even light up whenever they first saw Santa.
We would make Dirt Pudding for both Football and Basketball games and sell them at the home games. I remember staying after school during second semester of my Senior year and I was concerned about helping out, which I always did because I felt like I was always in the way. The group of people I was with was a fun bunch. We were in the teachers lounge and we were making this pudding that I never had before and I was in charge of crushing the oreo cookies, thank god I got strong legs. I think I broke two ziplock bags in the process. It was fun! One of my friends, after we were done with the first batch, we relaxed a little and he decided to sit in this chair that looked like it was older than the school. He went to sat down and it had wheels on it and it moved right from under him. We all laughed, he even laughed. It was a fun time.
One of the last things we did during both years, but I did get to participate during Junior year because it was raining. Senior year it was sunny, but chilly, it was like 9am and did a walk-a-thon and had walkers, joggers, and track runners come out. I did the “walking” part. I walked with this lady who has known me since I was in Elementary, because she was once a sub once for my aide. I could never get her name right until that day. We walked around the park, and even teased other walkers if they wanted a race because they would ask me why I wasn’t in the “running” category. Could you see me running? I’m fast on ramps, not when it’s steady. Especially when my battery has six bars, which by the end of the race it was that many. It was fun. Cold as hell, but still really fun to do.