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Sixth Grade: Mommy's Piggy TALES

Posted on July 29 2010

So I've joined yet another online group...It's called Mommy's Piggy Tales. I, along with a group of other bloggers are going to be telling little tales from our youth every Thursday for awhile. Does it sound like fun to you? You should join us!

Here is the link, just click on the pic:

I've jumped in a little late and am going to be starting at sixth grade and will be coming back around to the younger years later.


I was eleven in sixth grade. I was one of the biggest girls in my class. And I went to a private Christian school and there were only probably 15(?) of us. I can't remember now. I'm sure I could ask my friend Emma, she would remember. She went to school with me through every year there. She has a way better memory than I do. Anyway, being one of the biggest girls in the class in sixth grade meant that you were bigger than all the boys too. I can remember starting to get that fat complex back then, even though I was no where near fat. There was a lot of self consciousness going on for most of that year. But for some weird reason, I had a crush on Richie, the smallest boy in the class.

I probably grew the most that year. Our school had a dress code. We had to wear skirts and they had to come to the middle of your knee. The skirts that fit at the beginning of the year became way too short by Thanksgiving. I was continually pulling my skirt down, but I would always forget and our teacher would always have to say something. Did I mention that my teacher was a man, and he was the principal? I remember one time one of the teachers aids was giving a lesson and I don't remember about what. But she said something dumb like "we show how much we honor God by how long our skirts are." Well, I'm sure she didn't actually say that, but she might as well have. Then everyone in my class turned in their desks and looked at me. More self consciousness followed.

I played the piano and took lessons from my principle/teacher's wife. While I didn't really hate the lessons, there was still practice. After hearing my aunt play the piano this last weekend, I really wish that I would have kept up with it. I am pretty sure that I played The Spinning Song for recital that year. Worst recital ever. You should never pick a song that everyone recognizes because if they don't know the song, they don't know if you screwed up.

My mom and dad also put our house up for sale that year. I don't remember a lot of details around it, just that it took a really long time to sell. That story will have to be saved for next week;)

I am going to have to dig out some old pictures so you guys can see them.


  • Kritta22: August 02, 2010

    That’s such a cute idea!

    Hey just trying to contact you….its your month in our bee.

    You still gonna play?

    I hope everything is okay!

    Let me know what’s happening, chica!

  • Janette@Janette's Sage: July 31, 2010

    Great story. I too took piano and later dropped it…a regret, however my sister’s favorite song to play was The Spinning Song…it is now playing in my head.
    Welcome to Mommy Piggy Tales…enjoy the journey…I have
    Your house went up for sale and we bought a new on in this year

  • Mollianne: July 31, 2010

    Welcome to our Group and the project. I was always the shortest girl, and often am the shortest adult. I always envied the tall girls. Now I realize that being short is really who I am and I’m okay with it. Have fun writing your memories!

  • Dan and Donette: August 01, 2010

    Oh, how well I remember skirts that were too short! I wasn’t the tallest in class, but for some reason in 6th grade I always got picked on for wearing skirts that had inched up to the top of my knee. Sounds like our schools were very similar!

  • Janna: July 30, 2010


    My aunt was 5’8" in 6th grade too and was the tallest in her class. So cute that you like the short guy.

    I have similar memories worrying about my short and dress length at my private school.

  • Debi: July 31, 2010

    This is my first visit here – from Jana’s blog.
    Great story and such a cute blog!!

  • Anne@LittleSproutBooks: July 31, 2010

    Welcome to group 1! I was always one of the tallest – and had many crushes on smaller boys! My husband is actually a few inches shorter than me. You captured the feeling of self-consciousness perfectly – it was a tough age to be sure.

  • Kinze: July 29, 2010

    haha cute idea you got going! I laughed out loud when i read about you outgrowing your skirt by thanksgiving!

  • gianna: July 29, 2010

    Good memories! Welcome to Mommy’s Piggy Tales!

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