appearance looked as if her face, with it’s rather flat nose, may have been a result of some medical issues that had resulted in nose cartilage removal. Children know little of those things, and I was only six when I first met Mrs. Johnson.
In the first grade, I spelled my given name with an "I - E", hence, the reason for the spelling in the title of this post. I changed the spelling to J - O - H - N - N - Y sometime after attending Double Springs Elementary School, and officially changed the spelling on my birth certificate when I applied for my driver's permit at 15 years old.
The Poplar Springs' school building is presently privately owned, and is in better condition right now than it has ever been. In the 50's the school grounds served as our playground--dirt and gravel as the surface. There was no indoor restroom. Instead, we walked around a circular path to an outhouse. Also, I failed to mention that in each room there was a pot belly stove for heating. As I stated in the Preface, "those were the days."
Because of my slow start in school and the setting in which I found myself, I was just an average student. It wasn't until the fourth grade, with the motivation and insight of Mrs. Blake of Double Springs Elementary School, did I begin to excel as a student.