Slice of Life 16: The Truth and the Answers

(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)

I am traveling this weekend so yesterday’s post invited you, the reader, to “think” and respond!

An icebreaker commonly used at large professional development sessions is called ”Two Truths and a Lie.”  Each person records two truths and a lie and then shares them with another person that they do not know. The listener is supposed to determine which statements are Truths (facts) and which one is the Lie.

Yesterday’s variation in this blog wass 2 Truths and 1 Lie about my dad’s education and then 2 Truths and 1 Lie about my education.  Did you spot the “Lie” for dad and me?

My dad and education:

1) Dad went to a one-room schoolhouse for elementary.

2) Dad walked a mile to school (one way) from his aunt and uncle’s house where he lived during the week.

3. Dad and his brother were the first in his family to graduate from high school.

Fran’s education:

A.  I went to a four room country school for kindergarten.

B.  My third grade and sixth grade teachers had taught my dad.

C. We did not have snow days where we missed school during kindergarten because a dad would put straw in the pickup and haul all the kids and neighbors’ kids to school!

And the envelope PLEASE!

My dad and education:

1) Dad went to a one-room schoolhouse for elementary.

True, in fact this schoolhouse was the site of elections when I was younger and was the site of my first “vote” in a presidential election.

2) Dad walked a mile to school (one way) from his aunt and uncle’s house where he lived during the week.

True, Dad literally was a “boarder” during the week with relatives so that he could attend high school.  His family home was too far from school for a daily walk!

3. Dad and his brother were the first in his family to graduate from high school.

The untruth.  Dad was the first to graduate from high school.  His brother did not.  Technically, this would be half true.

Fran’s education:

A.  I went to a four room country school for kindergarten.

True.  I attended country school where it seemed like half the kids were related to me (brothers, sisters, and cousins!).

B.  My third grade and sixth grade teachers had taught my dad.

The untruth.  My third grade and sixth grade teachers were sisters.  In my opinion, they were “old” enough to have taught my dad.  However, they did NOT teach in a one-room schoolhouse.

C. We did not have snow days where we missed school during kindergarten because a dad would put straw in the pickup and haul all the kids and neighbors’ kids to school!

True.  I would love to believe that our parents were worried about the quality of our education.  Yet I wonder if they were more worried about the sanity of our mothers being cooped up with all of us rambunctious children!

So the answers were 3 and B. Great job, Carol and thanks to all who entered!

Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers .

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13 responses

  1. Very good. My mother taught in one room schools here in Montana. My husband attended a one room school in elementary. I remember hearing a few years ago that there were 25 kids in the fourth grade and over half of the kids were cousins, siblings, or related in other ways. Thanks for sharing

    1. My grandmother and at least four aunts taught in one room schools. In Iowa, I believe every township had a school so there were MANY!

  2. Thanks for the answers. It was fun to see them!

    1. You are welcome. Simple true and false just did not seem very helpful even to me when I knew the answers!

  3. Oh my goodness I missed them both! Your responses are so informative. I feel like I got a history lesson along with this game. Fabulous.

    1. Thanks, Anna! I also may take another suggestion and use some in future posts!

  4. I read yesterday’s but I didn’t get to comment! Drat! I would have guessed 3 and A as being untrue. But now that I think about it, 2 doesn’t make sense. Love the explanations of the truth and I love the idea of C–fun for kids and good for moms! This is such a fun double post.

    1. Thanks, Julieanne!

      I have been having fun matching posts and topics so that I can use them more than once!

  5. I thought B could have been true because my first grade teacher did teach my mother when she was in a higher grade (maybe 6th?). Anyway, thanks for a fun post!

    1. I did have high school teachers that had my dad as a student as well, but I don’t believe that ever happened in elementary!

      You are welcome! It was fun to write!

  6. I won! Woo hoo! And it seems like any of these stories could be a post!

    1. Yes you did, Carol! And good point! Those could all be stories!

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