Thursday Thoughts May 24, 2012
May 24, 2012
Today we hosted a Mass and luncheon in honor of our grandparents. Over 200 grandparents were in attendance and were given the opportunity to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms after Mass and to share lunch and recess time.
Grandparents play an increasingly important role in the lives of our students and have been active in providing transportation to and from school for their grandchildren, acting as chaperones for field trips, tutoring during school hours, and, in some cases, providing tuition assistance that allows their grandchildren to attend our school. Again, many thanks to our grandparents for their support of our school.
On Saturday, May 5th, nine of our middle school students competed at the state science fair at The Ohio State University. Receiving Superior ratings were Gillian Baker, Amanda Stuckey, Chris Carter and Zach Vogel. Excellent ratings were awarded to Connor Huff, Corbin Swisher, Hayden Muckensturm and Aaron Wood. Receiving a rating of Good was David Wood. We at St. Mary’s are honored to have students receive such awards and are proud of their high level of accomplishment. Special thanks to Mrs. Yaple, our 7th/8th grade science teacher, for her guidance in working with our students to achieve this high level of success.
Over the past few weeks I have had people ask me how things have changed since I was a student in grade school here at St. Mary’s during the 1950’s and in high school in the early 1960’s. I would say the structure of the family is one of the biggest changes. I can’t think of one family in my class of 120 students in the second grade and 88 when we graduated from high school that were what we would call today single-parent families. One boy’s father died of a heart attack when we were in grade school but other than that I was not aware of any divorce or separation situations.
My mother, as were most mothers at that time, didn’t have a job outside the house. She was a full-time mother. Every day when I came home after school she was there to greet my brother and myself with milk and cookies. It was no different for others in my class.
If I got in trouble at school, I got in bigger trouble at home. There was no debate as to whether the teacher was right or wrong . . . the teacher was always right!
There wasn’t too much to watch on television (and that was black and white) and we had no electronic gadgets to occupy our time, so my classmates and I would ride our bikes around the neighborhood until our parents told us we had to be back home. Homework had to be done before supper time. We always ate together as a family and that’s the time we talked about school and whatever else was going on in our lives. It was also the time we learned about our relatives and other family happenings.
Every Saturday was confession day. My classmates and I went to confession every Saturday. It wasn’t that we were all that bad . . . it was something that our parents insisted we do (and they went as well!). I can remember long lines at each confessional (we had three priests here at St. Mary’s at that time). I seemed to always have the same penance – - three Hail Marys, three Our Fathers, and three Glory Be to the Fathers for the conversion of Russia.
We didn’t have tuition back in those days. It wasn’t until around 1962 when I was in high school, that tuition was started. It was $25.00 a year per student and my parents were wondering how they would be able to afford paying that much money to send my brother and me to a Catholic school. Some how they managed to come up with the money.
As I reflect back on those days it seems that times were much simpler then compared to today. I think that we had stress in our lives . . . preparing for tests, competing in various sports and the such but it seemed to be a different kind of stress and we did a lot of things just for the fun of it. We were caught in between the Second World War/Korean War and the Vietnam War. Some would say it was the age of innocence. Whatever you call it or however one remembers it, those times were unique and probably gone forever.