My third grade teacher was Mrs. Baughman. The next year, she moved up to fourth grade (she told us it was because she liked our class so much), and I had her again.
She was an older lady, and I really liked her. I remember her discussing her granddaughter, her love of begonias, and a son who worked on an aircraft carrier. I also remember her chiding me to say “Hawaii” rather than “Hawayah”, and she said, “Offen is a word that is of-ten mispronounced”.
One thing she let us do was paint replicas of Currier & Ives prints on a bulletin board at the back of our classroom. Here’s one that we painted: it’s called Winter in the Country: Getting Ice.
I remember this bulletin board as really large – maybe 4′ high by about 8′ long. She gave us this print to follow, and then would allow a few students at a time to work on transferring it to white paper on the bulletin board, first with pencil, and then painting it.
I remember getting to stay in at recess with my best friend, Miriam, and mixing paints to create just the right color for the sky. In my mind, our finished product was just fabulous. Looking at the painting now, it is so complex that I can’t imagine a bunch of fourth graders doing it much justice, but I would just LOVE to see what we did.
At the time I don’t recall remembering the name of the painting. Awhile back, I was thinking about it though and thanks to the wonders of online searching, I was able to locate it.
As a side note, the summer after my senior year in high school, my parents let me go on a three-week tour of Europe with the Sound of America Band and Chorus (I played oboe – and I must admit that I just googled SOA and am thrilled to see they’re still around!). Mrs. Baughman saw an article about this in the paper, and realized that she just happened to plan to be in Paris at the same time I would be. She visited me at my hotel there – I thought that was really neat!
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
~From the television show The Wonder Years