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Paternal Memories: Elementary School

Last weekend I popped up to see friends, and on Friday we went to pick up my friend’s son at grundschule – elementary school.

I think that it was my first time inside an elementary school in years – to be honest I cannot remember the last time I was inside one – and it was interesting.

The first thing I noticed is that the school lacked the security that I typically expect exists in American elementary schools: a locked front door, a paranoid secretary guarding it, and a strong fence. We waltzed right in the front door and were immediately confronted with a massive chaotic crowd of screaming kids – running all about.

Clearly this is not my environment.

But what immediately popped into my head was my father’s comment about elementary school.

Actually, he said it was misnamed: it should be named Yellamentary school.

I might have been a bit too young to fully appreciate his observation at the time, but today – I totally agree.

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