War Games on the Schoolyard
I went to a one-room schoolhouse with 12-20 kids from 1st to 8th grade. I was a competitive scholar. My dad bragged that I was quick as a whip with numbers! No one could keep up with me … sometimes, not even the teacher.
I won 1st Place in the Eau Claire County Achievement Contest. My prize was that Fern Johnson (2nd Place Winner) and I took a trip with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to the Wisconsin State competition. Fern and I got to stay in a hotel together (with a chaperone). It was very exciting … except that I had to take another test.
In retrospect, I feel sorry for the poor teacher.