Photos with Captions to Make you Smile and Think

With the New Year underway, I thought it might be time to revisit some thoughts from the distant and not so distant past. I hope you enjoy them. I wish you all the best in 2022!

“That’s it! I’m running away! Well, at least until dinner time.”

Every tree deserves some Christmas Bling!

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

86 thoughts on “Photos with Captions to Make you Smile and Think”

  1. Oh my, Mark, that letter is precious. I’m so glad you kept it. I love how you bequeathed your belongings and signed it with your full name. You were so full of feelings and drama… destined to be a writer. 🙂

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  2. I’m sorry you were so unhappy at that school. As a retired teacher, I’d like to think none of my students ever wanted to run away because of me. But it was very generous of you to leave such nice things for the rest of your family–I bet your mom appreciated your shirts, lol!

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. No, I stayed at the school. I had a bad teacher, and unfortunately, being a small school, I had her for every subject, everyday, for 4 years. My Mom apologized to me a number of years ago about not pulling me from that school. Oh well, all in the past and good for a laugh now. 🙂

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      1. Not easy for you, Mark. We moved around a lot and I had many different teachers. Some of them were real ‘beauts’ and I was glad to move on. I went to 14 different schools. I remember one teacher who called me ‘domkop’ [Dumbhead] and banged my arm on the table.

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  3. Mark, a brilliant and well-thought out letter … it’s great you still have it! I once ‘ran away’ from my Kindergarten and managed to persuade some of my friends to join me. Aged four we headed towards the forest in the distance and probably got 20 metres or so. Seemed SO far! 😀

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      1. I remember my brother doing something similar when he was around 5-6? He was mad at Mom for something and said he was packing up his clothes and running away.
        Mom told him go ahead, but don’t forget to pack a sandwich, he would get hungry out there all alone.
        He did leave… and walked as far as the neighbors before coming back! lol

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  4. How awful that you had to ruu away, Mark. When you wrote the letter, you didn’t think you would ever go back home. You gave away everything. Your mom must have felt terrible reading your letter. A teacher can make or break a student. I’m proud to say I was a good teacher. It was great you had a happy ending. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year to you. 😊

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    1. Thanks Miriam. I think the letter was more of a vent against this teacher, I was stuck with her for 4 years. Nothing I did was ever good enough for her. I only spent the afternoon in a cornfield on my family farm, as I had it pretty good at home. Honestly, I just chuckle at the letter when I read it now. The teacher’s treatment, however, made a lasting impact, unfortunately.

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      1. Were you in multi-grades classroom? Why did you have her for four years? I totally understand the experience of hiding for the afternoon, Mark.
        In my teaching days, I saw many teachers who shouldn’t have been on the classrooms. Sorry for you and other kids in her class. Did your mother say anything to her?

        You must have done a lot to tell yourself you’re good and she was wrong.

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      2. Yes, it was a small school and she was multi grade teacher. I had her all day, everyday. My mother did say something to her, but it did no good. The problem was there was really no other school around to go to, at that time. When I was older, I made a point to prove she was wrong.

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      3. I understand, Mark. When Abraham Lincoln was young, both his mother and stepmother tried to get him to school. They were in a small farm. The mothers walked 9 miles each way to take him to school. His father was a jerk. So he never talked about his father.

        As bad as it was, you were in school. I’m glad you stood up for yourself when you were older, Mark.

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  5. The toilet made me smile, but the tree is like my two small Norfolk Island Pines I have out back. They get decorated too. I agree with the caption.

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  6. Your letter is precious, Mark. I suspect most kids have dreamt about running away at some point in their young lives. This is a treasure for sure! Hope you have a wonderful year!

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    1. I chuckle when I read it now. It as all about disliking a teacher. As you can see, there was no real conviction about running away. Even then, I knew I had a good home. 🙂

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    1. I always get a laugh when I read it now. I hated my teacher and was going to teach everyone a “lesson”. I made it as far as the cornfield on our farm and hid there until dinner. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Carol. It gives me a laugh when I read it now. all because of a teacher I couldn’t stand. The things we think our important as children….but at the time they seemed the world. 🙂

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      1. Thinking back, it was more of a rant. I had the same teacher for 4 years and she was brutal to me. No one seemed to be listening and I wanted to make a point. My running away was simply hiding in the cornfield for a few hours. 🙂

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