Soak 'em, late 1960s, Edmonds Elementary: Hero or goat? | Back in Edmonds


Last updated 1/31/2023 at 3:49pm

It’s fifth-grade recess and a wild game of soak ’em has come down to me alone – the smallest kid in class.

My teammates can barely watch. A wiry kid on the other side has the ball, the soft red bouncy type, and takes deadly aim at me.


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Deborah Arthur writes:

I loved this story! I am a women now and not a little girl anymore. But I too remember the last one to be chosen as I was the shortest. It did sting. However I was eventually put in a position as a guard for our gym class games. I was quick. In grade school I won 6th grade the Presidential award for most pull ups and most set ups. Do you remember those awards that came to us from the POTUS. I was so proud. We didn't have organized sports in my little town in MO but we did have a powder puff football game. I know women bad name huh ha. So I was a guard ha. First play I took down Francis haha. Francis was my friend and a very large girl but I got her! The lesson you are teaching with those words is to me that no matter how small ones can still be mighty. No matter how educated you are you can still have a mighty IQ and, or instinct and street smarts and determination. A sense of pride and accomplishment. I love reading the stories in local newspapers about Edmonds History of all kinds.


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