Biology dictates the adolescent years more than any form of reason ever could. Girls got their admission tickets about 18-months before boys got theirs. So, the 6th grade was much more trauma for the girls than it was for the boys. For the most part, a boy’s 6th grade was just another 5th…a continuation of play, baseball cards, bikes, and such. But something was going on with the girls that we hadn’t seen before. They tended to turn more serious and some of them shot up in height, where all the years before, they had been about the same size as the boys.
Almost overnight, at least two of the girls that I had known for nearly 4-years towered over me. One of them had always had a bit of an edge to her, where the other was and remained very quiet. I teased them both, as did the other boys and Rita always had an angry retort but Janet seemed kind of embarrassed and remained silent….probably hurt.
O.K., it’s spring and I need a date…Kay, of course ! Nope. My best friend Stanley beat me to her…he asked Kay first and I was crushed. Shot down first time out of the gate. So, I didn’t go to that damned party (a picnic somewhere, IIRC), thus apparently starting a practice of not going anywhere without a date. Hmm, wonder if that may explain why by the end of EH days, I had dated 9 or 10 different lovely Highlanders.
Meanwhile at Poly Elementary, McCoy was stuck with Guthrie as his 6th grade party date and at Meadowbrook Elementary, there was a full-blown formal production called the May Fete at the end of 6th grade. Recent feedback has informed me that others of our early EHHS classes from other elementary schools just now getting their first look at the Meadowbrook shindig are blown away after seeing the images from this affair. It made Life Magazine in 1958!
No clue what might have gone on at the Handley, Tandy, and Sagamore Hill elementary schools. If anyone wants to fill in this unknown, be my guest.
Now, the stage was set for our developing Social Order. It clearly involved boys and girls doing things together and for some odd reason, perhaps just contemporary fashion, for a few years it involved White or Ecru sports jackets and dance lessons.
In short, the 6th grade was defined thusly....