This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: It's been quite some time since I was a student in Miss Mary's kindergarten class. My memories of those halcyon days are at best episodic.
I can recall, for instance, that I hated the place. That's an easy recollection because I despised grade school from the day I first walked in the door. I spent much of my formative years wondering what I'd done to offend an avenging God that He would visit the interminable tedium of elementary education upon me. When Miss Mary invited the entire to class her wedding, I was the only kid who didn't go.