|Grattan School - San Francisco|
Oh man, you did have to ask that. I didn't do school well. I've always gave excuses to justify my school failures:
1. lived in San Francisco in the 60's
2. lived in a "happening" beach town south of San Francisco
3. Too many outside influences (Vietnam War, the Hippie Scene and Pot)
I did fine in school until my 6th grade year. It was 1966. That summer I started doing things - I told you I was rebellious. I disobeyed my folks - I was constantly in trouble for something. It wasn't like I was running with a bad crowd - it was the same ones I had been friends with. We are were ALL affected by the 60's and the area we lived. In the above kindergarten photo -you have to wonder - how many made it back?
7th grade I used to cut school - We would go to a high school boys house, smoke pot and drink Colt 45 and listen to Jefferson Airplane. The song that brings back this memory is White Rabbit. I never got caught.
By the time I advanced to the 8th grade - it was a different school. More strict. I still got into trouble. Once a friend and I painted the girl's bathroom, black. We got caught.
|Mom, Me and Dad at my 8th grade graduation|
Don't let the angelic face fool you!
I started to mellow a little by my freshmen year (1968-69) but it was also when I met my future husband. Lets just say, I was distracted!!!
I have regrets on the whole school thing. I let my parents down and most of all, I let myself down. And this is where I tell you about the consequences. I just couldn't handle school/college - I hated it. I hated the girl cliques and school politics. I took a few classes and then dropped out. I started working in "The City" and loved it. But deep down, I knew I wouldn't be able to go far - without that big fancy smancy college education. I always said, I would do it later.
"Later" came and went. Oh I've completed a certificate program, took classes but do not hold a degree. So I have a masters degree in Life, instead. That and a dollar won't even get me in the door, to buy a cup of coffee these days.