Bahamas Tales - School With my Cousins

I've already told you some of my school experiences. My First Day and Kingsway Academy, but most of my schooling took place at home. I don't really remember any set curriculum, except for some phonics workbooks. Most of it was done here and there, reading and talking through the day.

When we were living in the clinic, it wasn't far from my Uncle Roy's house. Their oldest son, Paul, had returned from college and was living with them for awhile. They decided it would be good if he taught his sisters, Lois and Susan, and me.

We had benches in the chapel that the backs could be turned to make tables, and that was our school. I rode my bike from the clinic, with my books in my basket, to the chapel each day for school. I remember that we thought the dress rule was horrible. He made us wear flip-flops during school! Although we always wore dresses, any kind of shoes were just torture.

A structured recess was a new concept to us. We were used to being free most of the time. He taught us games that we couldn't have played alone, like running and jumping into a rope turned by two people.

My cousins and I enjoyed getting together each day, and probably gave him a lot of trouble giggling and fooling around when we should have been listening.

One day, as I rode home, a man stopped me and wanted to look at my books. I remember his hands were very dirty and left smudges on the pages. As he gave me back my fourth grade arithmetic book, he said, "You smart! You smart!" I don't know how much education they had, especially the older ones. The younger generation had a school on the island, then went to Nassau for more.

I didn't have any Bahamian friends in Old Bight, at the clinic. My cousins and I became very close, like sisters. We look back to those few months with fond memories.

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Danielle Holsapple said...

What amazing memories and an intriguing life story!!! You leave me wanting to hear more!!!! BTW, i came here from Lynnette's Blog!
blessings to you!

I am blessed! said...

Nice to "meet" you. Sounds like you had some interesting experiences growing up! I found you through Lynette's blog and Getting to Know You.

Lynnette Kraft said...

Good morning Yvonne! I'm excited that others will get to know YOU today! I'm listening to the Getting to know YOU song as I type and it seriously makes me smile. How cute and cheery!

Hey, will you throw up the Getting to know YOU button on your side bar for a bit in case any of your followers would like to participate? It's a new Getting to know YOU "step" that you wouldn't know since you've been signed up for so long. THANKS!

Blessings today. Have fun meeting all the other wonderful people that follow my blog. I adore all of you. :)

T. Anne said...

Wow, that was sweet Your stories always sweep me away.

Mrs. McFadden said...

Nice to meet you. Headed over from Lynnette's blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm here through Lynette's blog. I love your idea of memorising scripture. I also love that little quote from the Psalms, we sing them in our church, and that one "Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you" Is one of our childrens' choruses.

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Came over from Lynnette's. What an interesting life you've had so far! Enjoying your memories.. and your adorable grandbabies! (I assume those sweet babies on teh side bar are grands..)

Cecilia said...

Popping over from Lynnette's to say hello. It sounds like you had a very interesting childhood!

Angela said...

Stopping by from Lynnette's! Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Angela @ Eternal Outlook

Karen said...

I am stopping by from Lynnette's to say "Hi". It has been a lot of fun "Getting to Know" others!


Lela Paden said...

I like the name of your blog. It reminds me of my childhood because my parents would always say "the back door is always open"

Stopped by from Lynnette's today and It is nice to meet you.

Also I love the memories you have with your cousins. I have many of my sisters too and it is always nice to hear other memories of growing up days.

Have a blessed day and God Bless

Sara x said...

Thank you for sharing your memories, its amazing how different our childhoods were. I came here from Lynettes blog, but looking forward to reading more xx

Jenilee said...

saying hello again from Lynnette's! hope you are having a great new year!

Kelly said...

I'm stopping by from Lynnette's blog. It's great to get to know you today!

Lyn said...

Hello Yvonne! It was nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading about your memories of school with your cousins. It sounds like you had an interesting childhood! I came from Lynnette's blog. Can't wait to hear more from you. Blessings!
Lyn @ Southern Homeschool Journey

Diana said...

Hi, Yvonne! I'm visiting you via Lynette's "Getting to Know You"... and of course I do so LOVE to meet new folks around the net! Had such a great time reading some of your experiences -- what AWESOME memories! THANK YOU for sharing your life with us! I will be back to read more!

{{hugz}} from Diana :-)

♥ heart of knzus {kansas} ♥

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Blessed Sunday Yvonne! I just went through several of your posts - thanks to Lynnette!

Your writing is beautiful! What a blessing it is to share your gift here!

I'm thankful Lynnette introduced you this week!


the Spocks said...

Visiting from Lynnette's blog. How nice it is to meet you. Have a blessed week and a blessed new year.

The FitzGerald Family -- said...

Wandered over here after find you through Lynette's blog.

Thanks for sharing your love of the Lord and wisdom with us in your blog. Your memories of school in the early years reminded me of a small, midwest parochial school I attended for K-3rd grades. I never could get to the swings fast enough when we were let out for recess, so I'd stand there waiting until the bell rang for everyone to go back in. Ah ha! Then I had my chance. For those last five glorious minutes of recess, when everyone else was visiting the restroom, I could swing to my heart's content. This plan payed off for many recesses until one fateful day. All I can say is I should have used the restroom before returning to class. My 1st grade teacher wasn't very pleased with me that day.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Sarah Anne said...

Visiting from Lynette's blog. What great stories! Thanks for sharing!


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