School of the Past

Interview between Michael Hudson and Sally Hudson.

Introduction

Have you ever wondered what school life was like in the mid 1900s? Did you know that nurses had to deliver babies in people’s homes in the 1960s? Well if not, you’re about to learn about it. In this interview, a boy and his mother have a conversation about the mother’s school life. It is filled with interesting topics such as: stories about snakes, stories about babies in the winter, stories of strange but helpful teachers, and much more.


Summary

Have you ever wondered what school life was like in the mid 1900s? Did you know that nurses had to deliver babies in people’s homes in the 1960s? Well if not, you’re about to learn about it. In this interview, a boy and his mother have a conversation about the mother’s school life. It is filled with interesting topics such as: stories about snakes, stories about babies in the winter, stories of strange but helpful teachers, and much more.


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Transcript

Q: Did you enjoy school?

A: Oh, I loved school… very much.


Q: What kind of student were you?

A: Well, I always worked really hard, I had to study a lot to get good grades, I… um… school always came first, I got my work done first, I always had a lot of… pretty big social life amongst friends but I always did my work first then… went out.


Q: What would you do for fun?

A: Oh, we use to do a lot of stuff, we would go rollerskating, ice skating, we’d camp out, ‘course… years ago it was easier to camp out in the backyard. There weren’t crazy people around you had to worry about… not so many animals, wild animals. We’d have parties at other people’s houses, and, um… we also had once a week there was a dance at the school, we’d go what they’d call a sacops.


Q: How would your classmates remember you?

A: They probably remember me as being rather quiet, friendly to everybody, and a good organizer of work and clubs at school. I started a medical careers club when I was a senior in high school.


Q: Are you still friends from anyone in that time of your life?

A: Yes I am, my one best friend that I went to high school with her, she was my roommate in college, and we still… even though she lives in Arizona.


Q: What are your best memories of grade school, high school, college, graduate school?

A: Uh… the best memories were just the experience itself, getting to do all these different things. Um… in nursing, I think one of the best experiences I had was when we got to go to the homes and deliver the babies, and it was during the bad, bad winter of, I think it was… let’s see… sixty-seven, sixty-six? That was a real trying experience but it was very interesting.


Q: Was there a teacher or teachers that had a particularly strong influence on your life?

A: Yes, Mr. John Hendricks was my bio teacher in high school, and if I… if it wasn’t for him encouraging me and telling me even though I had to study hard that I would make it, I would not be… had gone through nursing like I did, and I ended up being best friends with him and were still best friends on uh… adult Facebook, and I use to babysit for his kids when I was… when I would come home from college and nursing school.


Q: Do you have any favorite stories from school?

A: No, I just remember in Mr. Hendricks’ class, when he brought in this huge, it must have been about fifteen feet, um… it was one of those snakes… I’m saying a Boa Constrictor but it wasn’t, that wasn’t what it was because those I think are… deadly, but I’m not sure. Anyways it was a huge, huge, yellow snake… and everyone thought they were gonna die for sure and we had to hold it and pass it around the classroom to feel the undulation of the body, and the thing was fine he didn’t bother us but we were all scared to death that we were gonna get bit.


Q: Alright, thanks for letting me interview you.

A: You’re welcome.


Informative Piece

Snakes are the most diverse group of reptiles, but no one really knows where they came from. Some mysterious such as weather snakes started on land or water exist, or how their unique feeding style evolved. Most people fear snakes due to their “slimy skin” and their large fangs. But not all snakes are venomous. Some classrooms even use snakes in demonstrations, and not always dead ones. A lot of snakes are not venomous. When snakes attack their prey, they will usually stick their fangs in the neck of their victim, either killing it instantly or over time. Snakes are known to attack humans if threatened, so do not approach a snake unless you know it is not venomous. Snakes have been used as symbols of good and evil for a long time. In Christianity, the snake it supposed to represent the devil. In some cultures, snakes represent the lower class, since the slide on their bellies on the ground. Due to their notorious representation as very dangerous creatures, a lot of people would not want to be around snakes. Snakes are one of the only animals to be officially reanimated by a scientist. This means that the scientist brought a dead snake back to life. No other animal has fully been brought back from the dead.


Persuasive Piece

Snakes are the most diverse group of reptiles, but no one really knows where they came from. Some mysterious such as weather snakes started on land or water exist, or how their unique feeding style evolved. Most people fear snakes due to their “slimy skin” and their large fangs. But not all snakes are venomous. Some classrooms even use snakes in demonstrations, and not always dead ones. A lot of snakes are not venomous. When snakes attack their prey, they will usually stick their fangs in the neck of their victim, either killing it instantly or over time. Snakes are known to attack humans if threatened, so do not approach a snake unless you know it is not venomous. Snakes have been used as symbols of good and evil for a long time. In Christianity, the snake it supposed to represent the devil. In some cultures, snakes represent the lower class, since the slide on their bellies on the ground. Due to their notorious representation as very dangerous creatures, a lot of people would not want to be around snakes. Snakes are one of the only animals to be officially reanimated by a scientist. This means that the scientist brought a dead snake back to life. No other animal has fully been brought back from the dead.


Interesing Piece

It’s the year 1966, and the snow is deep. It is a terrible winter. Nurses are called to a house for an emergency.

“We’re here to help!”

“Please clear the kitchen table!”

These nurses were called to a house with a mother who was going in labor. They needed the nurses help to deliver the baby right now, because they were unable to get the mother to the hospital to deliver the baby in time. My mother was one of these nurses, and she was with her other nurse friends coming over to deliver the baby. They didn’t have to bring anything along with them, since all they needed were a table and their hands. The mother would not have any painkillers, so she would just have to go through the pain. It was hard to deliver the baby in the middle of the winter inside of someone’s house, but it had to be done. If they hadn’t come to deliver the baby at the house, the baby could have died. Thanks to my mother and her group of nurses, one more life was brought into this world, unharmed.