Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Hi everybody……Friday means THANKFULS and POETRY.      First is the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by our buddy Brian.    We talk about all the things we’re thankful for and these days most of us have plenty to be thankful for!     I always include my thankfulness that my Mom and Dad are fully vaccinated and still staying very safe.    I don’t know what would happen to be if I didn’t have them.    I’m also thankful to have had a whole lot of outside time this past week – we had some gorgeous days and I did NOT want to come back inside when THEY wanted me to.    They’d have to pick me up bodily to bring me in and I would just go limp and whine when they brought me indoors.  Mom laughed at that but Dad thought I was acting like a 2 year old human kid.   HAHAHA     If you’d like to join us in the HOP – click the badge above and link up!

I also am happy to share the email from Angel Sammy with his poem based on the photo he gave us last Thursday.    Nice there’s a whole week for all of you to come up with your poems – hope you did – let us know if you wrote one so we can read it on your blog.


Hello Fellow Poets!

Here we are again on a Thursday sharing poetry.    The photo I gave you last Thursday to use for today’s poem was a bit of a toughie – at least that’s what many of you thought!    I hope you were able to figure out a poem after having a week to think about it.

The photo by the way is of a room full of people taking a Civil Service Examination in the 1930s!    So many people getting ready to take a typing test – my Mom says she remembers doing this very thing when she was getting a Civil Service clerk-stenographer’s job in the 1960s.    It was done at the Pentagon and she remembers she was very nervous.    She passed the tests and was rated a GS-4 and got the job as a Clerk-Steno with the Department of the Army!

ANYWAY, let’s get down to poetic business shall we?    Here’s the photo from last week that I gave you and my poem follows.

“Ready, Set, Go!”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©May 5, 2021


Imagine the tension in that huge auditorium

Some so nervous they lost all sense of decorum!

Taking a test to get a government position

Especially for the women – it was a huge transition

From housewife to office job way back then

The office positions were mostly occupied by men!

It looks in this photo like they’re waiting for the “GO”

After taking the test, finding out results they must know

With any luck a whole new life will start for many in this crowd

Imagine telling your family of your success – they’d be so proud!


The link attached to this photo said:

“Some 1300 typists take civil service examinations in an indoor stadium of the McKinley High School in Washington DC on July 9, 1936. 
“With the resumption of examinations for stenographers and typists by the United States Civil Service Commission, such enormous numbers of applications have been received that the examiners have been forced to hold the tests in the huge indoor stadium of the McKinley High School”

Now, who would like to see what NEXT week’s poetic inspiration is?    Here’s your photo to use for your poem next Thursday:


Looks like fun!    Hope you enjoy writing a poem for this one – I think I will!

Please take care of yourselves until we meet again next Thursday………………………OK?

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Hugs, Angel Sammy


Thank you Angel Sammy for another wonderful Thursday visit with you………………..can’t wait to see you next week!

LOVE, Teddy

51 responses »

    • I had to take my civil service exam on a manual typewriter like this but when I got to my “new office” of course there was an electric typewriter to use. WOW….what a difference. I still have my Mom’s old manual typewriter. Typing on it now is HARD WORK!


  1. Another great poem Angel Sammy! It looks like there are very few men taking the exam.
    Next week’s photo reminds me of when I first met Ivor. I would go to a farm near the village and help with the hay harvest. There were two boys building the load of hay, one was Ivor and the other was his older friend. They persuaded me to help build the load and it got higher and higher. I was afraid to get down and Ivor rode back to the farm with me on top of the load. We were 14 then but it took 2 more years before we started dating, and the rest as they say is history.


  2. Yes, that was a very interesting photo! I’m glad there was a caption to explain it. (And I wondered where they got ALL those typewriters????) As I mention in my blog post today, I, too, took a civil service test when I graduated high school and did well, but the only job opportunities were 4 hours away in Washington, DC. No way was this little country girl moving that far from home! LOVE the photo for next week! Here’s the link to my post:


    • I had to make weekly trips from my Civil Service job in Arlington to the Pentagon and the place was so huge I almost always got lost. As it was my apartment was in Fairfax and I rode a bus to my job in Arlington and it was an hour or more with all the stops. Your poem was GREAT! I knew it would be a fun photo for poetry… week’s too!

      Hugs, Pam


    • Shorthand test was involved for me as I was trying for a job as a Clerk-Stenographer. Weird thing was that none of the men in the office I worked in (four civilians and one military officer) dictated a thing. They all wrote their drafts out and I’d type them. I couldn’t even get one of them to try! I kept my skill sharp by listening to the news at night and writing it all out in shorthand. LOL



    • I’m pretty sure if Mom had to take her test in that room full of people AND NOISE, she never would have passed it! The hayride looks like a lot of fun doesn’t it? A lot of the farms around here to hayrides for Halloween and Mom keeps trying to drag Dad to one. So far no luck.

      Hugs, Teddy Boop


  3. Angel Sammy put us to shame ~ he used so many “big fancy words” in his poem today! And a very, very good poem it was! The hu-mom had to type June’s for her, cats are “all thumbs” … oh no, wait,
    cats don’t have thumbs now do they? Well, let’s just say her paws on the keyboard, well, she would
    have failed a typing test!
    A fun choice for us all, thank you!


    • Angel Sammy had thumbs….HAHAHA……his extra toe on both front paws looked so much like thumbs Mom was sure if she gave him a jar of pickles to open for her he could have. HAHAHAHA June’s poem today was a real winner. We just loved it. Lots of grand poetry written for this photo and I bet next week’s will be a “whopper” too! Thanks so much for joining in our weekly poetic fun.

      Hugs, Teddy (and Mom)


  4. Goshamighty! THINK of what it was like HEAR all that clatter from that many typewriters.
    Like Katsrus, I would love to see Teddy being carried in. And he was indeed like being a two year old kid! I love it. I think they ARE two-4 year old kids. I imagine it’s hard for pet experts to truly get a bead on pet’s intelligence as the experts can only try with what their own human minds come up with. That isn’t always the way dogs and cats think and live- so I don’t pay a lot of attention to their decisions. I do think that to me…from my hundreds of years (I have to be that old I am sure) observation, they could compare, (cats),ultimately to a four year old at least, in learning, copying and innovating as they go along. They certainly are excellent people managers.
    Katie Isabella


    • Totally agree with what you say………Cats are really interesting – they can act like a 2-4 year old one minute then be so tender and comforting and snuggly the next. I like that – keeps us on our toes right? I don’t listen to any of the pet experts because in my experience one thing you cannot do is “pigeon-hole” cats. Each one is unique – and sometimes that makes it hard for humans to find a “new normal” when their pet passes away and they get another one. They aren’t going to be the same; that’s what makes life with cats so interesting!

      Hugs, Pam

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    • My Mom doesn’t remember being nervous – she knew she could type well and she knew shorthand too so being a Clerk/Steno was an easy goal. There were probably fifty girls (no guys) in the testing class she was in……..She passed and got a job right away in the Department of the Army, Army Telecommunications Directorate, Communication-Security Branch (sounds pretty important doesn’t it!!!!).

      Hugs, Teddy


  5. Teddy your thankful cracked me up. I know exactly what dad was referring to when he said, “you were acting like a 2 year old human kid.”
    Angel Sammy what a fine piece of poetry of Mom’s real life experience with typing tests.
    Thank you for always inspiring us
    Hugs Cecilia


    • Loved your poem today Miss Cecilia…..lots of people have memories of those kind of tests I think. When my Mom was in school there was a BIG PUSH for girls/women to join the civil service. They wanted women in high positions (eventually) and her Dad wanted her to be one of them. Mom enjoyed MOST of her work with the Army and it was an interesting office she worked in, but she only stayed four years. Who knows where she’d be if she’d stayed in – – – President Pam…..sounds pretty cool huh? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Hugs, Teddy


  6. So wonderful that women finally could hit the work force adn strengthen it for te horrible war to come. Heros all, thoe amazing typists who gave new force to the work needed before the horrible war. How lucky to have those women wanting to break out!


  7. I loved your poem!!
    Hubby knows where that school is…but we found out its no longer being used as a high school. (Closed in 1997…) We wonder if the building is still standing, or if it was repurposed.

    Anyways, that pic reminded me of my Dad;’s old manual Royal typewriter. His typing was pick and peck style. Mine is too, but not quite that bad, LOL! I took a semester of typing in high school, but was very sad with the results…I was lucky to get 22 WPM! LOL! Those students who could play the piano were always way faster! I did not have that skill…and still don’t, Hah!

    Our sons, when they were small loved to play grown up on dad’s old typewriter…I think I still have it, actually! Its an antique!!

    Those typing machines were high tech back then…but they sure were noisy!

    Click Clack
    Clickety Clack
    Clackety Click
    Typing’s Rhythms…
    Take me back…
    And I want to sing!


    • Cute poem!! McKinley High School – I can remember my high school and that school having basketball/football/track competitions. I have two very old typewriters and one of them is a Royal – started my mystery novel on it – that was before I got my first computer. The computer changed my life! LOL

      Hugs, Pam


  8. That’s funny Teddy. Sometimes I think my Teddy acts like a two year old when he doesn’t get his way. Great poem. That sure is a lot of people in one place. Hope you get more outdoor time.


    • Teddy sometimes is quite cooperative but we do occasionally have a battle of the wills. I think it’s so hilarious when he goes limp and whines just like a little kid….but I remind myself that’s precisely what he is! LOL

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  9. What an amazing photo of an amazing day. So glad Mom got the job but we know she put in the work too. That is funny that you go limp. Angel Pee Girl used to do that. That was way back before we knew about Spay/Neuter and Dad was always carrying a preggers Pee to where he wanted her to have the kittens. Yeah, like that worked MOL. Great thankful and we are glad they are safe too. Dad goes this Caturday for his 2nd vax. He will be happy and says in 2 weeks or so he will feel ready to get back to the world


  10. Great poem. I wondered why they were all typing in a gymnasium, but were older than high school students. Next week’s photo is cute. Thank you for finding such fun prompts. XO


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