After reading The Way It Was story “My Early Education” (February-march 2017) by Jim Soul, I wondered how many other students and teachers enjoyed it as much as I did. As a former teacher and administrator (I’m now 91) with close to 40 years spent in education, I’m still smiling at all the memories this story evoked. As an 18-year-old “city girl” from Medicine Hat, Alta., I was assigned to a country school in Travers, Alta. A granary was brought in from a farmer’s field to act as my teacherage—my home. Country life, from getting water from the cistern and wood for the stove to learning the intricacies of oil lamps and outdoor “facilities,” was a challenge. My saving grace was the school piano.
I could banish my homesickness while bringing music and song into the school. Now, I look back and realize I likely learned more about life skills than the children did about math or reading. Thank you, Jim Soul, and Our Canada.