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Chelsea Kansas Kid passed grade 8

Story ID:6191
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1940
Person:Made it Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Chelsea Kansas Kid passed grade 8

Chelsea Kansas Kid passed grade 8

Finally it’s over

After several Kansas Blizzards
After months of blowing dust
Wind blowing ninety per
But get to school you must

Eight years of attending
Chelsea School, doncha see
In May of 1940 we’ll graduate
Barbara, Melda and me.

We went to another school
For our graduation
Consolidating with two other schools
There were seven in all at this location

That included
The Chelsea Three
Barbara, Melda
And me.

I was so excited to be out of grade school
That one room coal stove heated classroom, “wot a bummer”
Different teacher almost every year
Colder in the winter, hotter in the summer

Same old initial carved desktop
With a hole for your ink
Always spilled some on my paper
After Penmanship you’d think

That I could handle that ink pen
With that funny shaped nib
Ink Blotter near at hand
I really needed a bib.

But finally it is ending,
We’ll have to break up the Chelsea Three
Go our separate ways
Barbara Melda and me.

There were no classes in High School
That included the “Chelsea Three”
Different Rooms and Teachers
For Barbara Melda and me.

As I write this I get a lump in my throat
Barbara passed away recently
So
Now it’s just Melda and Me.

We’ll forever remember the good times
The recitals, the programs, you’ll see
It will always be the Chelsea Three
Just Barbara, Melda and me.

Monte L. Manka 07-21-10