It's been a while since I've posted a Mormor story. We are nearly at
the end of her childhood stories, but there are several to come from
her early years as a teacher and a mother.
You can go back to the beginning of this series here; scroll to the bottom for the very first post, and an explanation both of who Mormor was and how I came to acquire these stories.
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(Mormor as a teacher)
When I was in the upper elementary grades at South Fork School our teacher was a Mr. Carlson. He knew, of course, how to teach the little ones to read, etc., but found it hard to give them enough time so he showed me how to teach these things. In a short time I became, in effect, the primary teacher who was very busy from nine o'clock until two, and busier yet after that getting my own school work caught up.
When Dad realized what I was doing he was about to put a stop to it but I begged him not to because I wanted to be a teacher some day and anyway I could do as much schoolwork in those two hours as the two boys in my class could do in a whole day. Besides that he should wait until he saw my report card.
Well, he did wait, and maybe the above was the reason I was financed to go on to school and realize my dreams. Mom's comment was that I always had my nose in a book anyway -- might as well do something about it.
p.s. Dad would have been a great teacher had it been possible financially in Sweden. Maybe I carried out a dream of his.
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This is one of my favorite Mormor stories. It showcases her very strong will, her resourcefulness, and early signs of the wonderful teacher she would become. I have it on very good authority that Mormor was a good teacher, because for a year (in 1943) she taught all three of her children, my mother included, in a one-room schoolhouse. Tiny Wooden Valley, a somewhat remote area of the Napa Valley, desperately needed a teacher willing to make the drive, and one who could teach kids of all ages at the same time. Mormor came with a bit of experience in that arena. She had seven pupils, three of which were her own kids, grades one through seven.