Havelock School is set for demolition this summer. It’s hard to believe. I was a student there when it first opened.
A final open-house was held last week. It had been 46 years since I last walked the halls. I felt the need to attend.
When I first entered the building, Colin, an eight-year-old student, came over to me. I explained my connection to the school and made reference to all the memories.
“Do you want me to give you a tour?”, he asked.
“Sure”, I responded.
We walked the bottom floor first. He showed me his classroom. I explained that it had once been my grade 4 class.
He asked, “Was Mrs. Smith your teacher?”
“No, it was Miss Fleming. Who is Mrs. Smith?”
“She’s my teacher.”
“Well, Colin, it has been 50 years since I first went to this school. I can’t imagine she was teaching here then.”
“Well, she’s really old.”
“She would have to be if she taught here 50 years ago.”
I later asked the school secretary, a former classmate of mine, about Mrs. Smith.
“May I ask, do you know how old Mrs. Smith is?”
“I’m not sure, in her 40’s I suppose. She has a 12-year-old son.”
Wow! If, as Colin explained, Mrs. Smith is really old what does that make me.
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