Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Primary Teacher

A few years ago I was looking through a memory book my Mom had made for me. In it I found this:

A Primary Report card? Inside:

For those who may not be familiar with this, Primary is an organization in our church for children ages 3-11. We would meet once a week for about 90 minutes...or was it an hour?... We would learn about very tender subjects such as family, being honest, being kind, etc.

I noticed the signature, Linda Jaeckel. Then I remembered that we had a Linda Jaeckel in 2nd ward, the next ward over from ours. I talked to her and sure enough, she remembered teaching me nearly 50 years ago!

She said one particular Primary day we all had red crepe paper around our necks. I think they must have been attached to a hat or collar we were wearing for a program perhaps. She said I was chewing on mine and I got red coloring all over my dress. My mom was the Primary President at the time and this was Linda's very first Primary class. She was worried my Mom would be upset with her because she thought my dress was ruined.

She didn't know my mom very well to have been concerned. My mother never worried about drippy red stains on dresses.

I took this picture last Saturday night of Sister Jaeckel and her husband, Patriarch Jaeckel.

Thank you Sister Jaeckel for being my Primary teacher back in the school year of 1959-1960. I wish I could remember you specifically, but I do know that I loved Primary back then. I also noticed that on my Primary report card you said I was attentive and willing to participate. I obviously felt comfortable with you because I was a very shy little girl.


Anonymous said...

Jill, This is really cute. I know this people. They were in my ward when I was in Jr. High and High School. They are great people. They have a son that is about my age named Carl. We dated some.

Jill said...

And you dated their son! Interesting how life goes huh? So Karen, do you remember if Primary was 1 hour or 1 1/2 hours back then? I know it's longer now being we have it on Sundays.


Anonymous said...

i have no idea. But I am leaning more towards 1 1/2 hours. As I get older though I barley remember attending.

Miranda said...

Jill what a neat treasure to have. You were such a cute little girl! I sat at the same table as Sister Jaeckle and Patriarch Jaeckle during Brittany's reception. She seemed like a really nice lady and Patriarch Jaeckle is amazing. He spoke to the youth at a combined meeting that we had a few weeks ago and I didn't want his talk to end. Anyway, thank you for your sweet compliment. It was fun visiting with you the other night and I just LOVE your blog sooo much. It has really been inspiring to me to keep records of my kids because the things you write are just so touching, funny, and PRICELESS. Thank you so much for sharing these memories they are so enjoyable!

Anonymous said...

Really really nice blog! Miranda is right about PRICELESS.