Thursday, May 21, 2015
Ocean View Elementary School. I went here in the fifth grade and maybe the year earlier circa 1956-7. When I attended this institute of learning I also lived on the Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA. I have a lot of good memories of this school. Funny thing is, the front entrance is not one of them. I always came and went via the rear doors. The city bus, which I rode, let us off about a block away from the left of the building in this photo. There was a mom and pop store there where I'd buy gum from a machine and try to score charms as well. Usually a penny brought out a couple of pieces of gum and two or three charms. I liked the ones with cowboys, Indians, horses, and revolvers. Other kids got comic books, candy, snack cakes, and the fad of the day, snap beads, at the store.
I recently looked at their web site and was amazed at all the government mandated programs they now have. When I went we just sat there and learned, broke for lunch and recess, and then learned more. Kids who misbehaved got smacked by the teacher or sent to the principal's office for a paddling. For a couple of weeks me and some other guys packed our cap guns on our hips and had impromptu gunfights, sans caps. They made us stop because they thought were we getting out of hand, but not because anyone thought we were going to commit mass murder.
Those were the days.