The year was 1991 and I was a happy, ten year old kid beginning 5th grade of Elementary School. Each day I’d wear either my Jose Canseco green T-Shirt or my white, Oakland A’s World Series one. I never strayed away from my love despite notes from the teachers and jokes from my classmates. I was simply fascinated by Jose Canseco and adored baseball.
Needless to say, my grades were lacking for the second year in a row. I was smart but I didn’t care for school at all. The previous year I would have been held back had it not been for Summer classes. One day during a boring lecture I began to look ahead through the pages of my school book. Was it a Science, World History, or Math? Sadly, I cannot recall.
What I do remember, though is that all the way towards the back of the book in the final chapter there was a baseball card featured. It was a 1983 Topps Nolan Ryan and considering I had only been collecting since 1989, it looked incredibly strange to me.
I can recall staring into that page for hours at a time every day. It was such a pretty-looking card that and considering how old it was, I’d probably never see one in person. It’s been almost twenty years and unlike many of my predictions, I was right about this one.
I wish I could tell you I did well that school year but when the final report card came in I was forced to attend Summer School once more, this time in Los Angeles, California, where I would spend the next three years of my life.
The point of this story is that I want that book, wherever it may be today. It was my last taste of childhood and a care-free life when all I needed to know was how much packs of cards cost and how many home runs Jose Canseco hit that week. Life was perfect back then.
Today I have to fight rising gas prices, a never-ending amount of bills, a demanding work schedule, and hard to please family and friends. Where is my 5th grade school book I used at Indian Trace Elementary in 1991? Can someone help me?