The summer I was five, my mother had me tested to see if I was ready to attend school. You see, I would cry when I got overwhelmed. Now that’s probably called social anxiety but back then it was, “get over yourself and do it.” The person testing me told my mom to send me to first grade as I had a high IQ and would be bored in kindergarten. My mom said, “but she’ll cry.” And the tester said, “Would you rather her cry and be bored or cry and learn something?”
So, at age five with a November birthday, off to first grade I went. I had to attend the private school in town as the public one would have made me attend kindergarten.
You might need to know that I was a tiny thing. Light blond hair. Big greenish/blue eyes. Weighed less and was shorter than the average first grader at this school, and not just because of my age.
Robin’s first grade school picture. Happy Times! LOL
His secretary finally called my mom and the two of them had to come in and have a meeting with the principal. After that he was not allowed to come get me out of class. The secretary has since told me that it was sad to watch and hear. I’d be crying for him from the classroom and he’d be pacing up and down the hallway wanting to run in and comfort me.
Robin Hillyer-Miles lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and writes romance novels. She’s finished two full-length novels and one short story. The short story is published. She is STILL editing the Cathy’s Corner and Unintended. She has however finished watching a ton of British mystery shows on the telly. Bless her heart!