Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Williamsons at School. A Few Interesting Documents that Haven't Seen the Light of Day in a Few Decades and A Holiday Remembrance for Those Who've Gone Up the River.

 From the Fortress of Solitude

Pleasant Grove

While working at my desk this Christmas Eve I grew board with the task at hand and opened the FHSPF (Family History Still to Post File).  The FHSPF is where I keep the odds and ends of family history that haven't made their way into this blog.  The school records below stood out asking to be officially recorded for posterities sake, and so here they are. Be sure to either call or text your belated congratulations to the family members highlighted below. Although it's been a few decades since the report was issued, a hearty "Well Done!" is always appreciated. Plus it gives you an excuse to contact them to wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.        

Congratulations Lisa on earning the "Doing Much Better" classroom award.  Remember this award when you feel down in the dumps and need a quick pick me up.  Draker, please print this and place it on the refrigerator at Creekside. Lisa will insist it not be on display but being the owner of the home, I insist.  

Who says Kevin hasn't accomplished much in his 61 years of life.  Look at these statistics!  On the down side, shall we all agree that Kevin peaked physically that year and it's been downhill ever since. 

As if Jilane hasn't enough to brag about, now we get to hear her boast ad nauseam over these academic stats.  Yes Jilane, I see you were 76th out of 409 students.  Yes Jilane we see you had a 3.06 GPA.  What gets me are the lies.  Why would teachers add such comments to Jilane's 7th grade report card as "Pleasant, Cooperative, Courteous, and Assumes Responsibility Well?"  OK, I'll give her the "Assumes Responsibility Well"  but the others were clearly meant for someone else because they don't describe the Jilane we all know and love today.   

And finally we honor Lisa once again by publishing her 3rd grade end of year report.  I'm sure Lisa will blush with embarrassed pride when learning of the release of this official transcript but the crimsoned cheeks are well earned.  What more could a child want than to have her teacher write,"I've really enjoyed having you in my room this year," on her year end report.  Being a teacher myself, I know the teacher meant what she wrote.  How do I know?  I write "I've enjoyed having you in class this year," on all of my student's final reports but reserved the use of the word "really" for special students who I actually enjoyed having.  You see the subtle difference?  

And Finally, a Remembrance of Those Who've Recently Passed. Kevin, Charles, Forrest, and Marvin.

I was looking through old Christmas photos and found several pictures of four beloved family members who've recently passed.  I put them in a slide show set to a song I really like (note the word really).  It's a sad song but it fit my melancholy mood so I used it.  I suggest you turn down the sound and just enjoy the photos. 

Merry Christmas to Everyone!  


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