Thoughts About High School P.E. and “Late Bloomers”



Carleton Place High School 1954-1955 — Marie Briscoe, Joy Shail and Deanne Buffam- Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

I was no angel, but I would have sold my soul to be exempt from the box horses in gym class. I swear I am still scarred from it. Gym class was stereotypical – tough gym teacher, drill sergeant type of atmosphere.  I hated the bloomer uniforms and I swear I looked like Magilla Gorilla in it. Then there were those awful bathrooms in my Quebec High School (Cowansville High School). The boys and girls showers just had a thin wall between them, and one of the boys made a hole in the wall to peep at the girls. I do believe he was charging 25 cents for a peek on the other side. I could go on an on, but those uniforms were the worst.


Why was it necessary to wear a P.E. Uniform?  Apparently it’s because they didn’t want you get your regular dirty or smell all sweaty for the rest of the day.

You Don’t Want to Miss this video featuring the Ross Sisters– reminds me of gym class LOL

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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