School Days, Reminiscences of Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye) | Norah Colvin

Norah  Colvin is running a wonderful author interview series on her blog where she interviews writers, asking them questions about their ‘schooldays’. I was thrilled to be invited over to Norah’s to share some of my own young school days stories.


School Days, Reminiscences of Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye)


Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye), author and blogger extraordinaire. I can’t remember when or how I met Debby, but I do know that very early on I read and thoroughly enjoyed her travel memoir Have Bags, Will Travel. While Debby has done far more travel than I, there was much in her book with which I could identify. I remember laughing out loud in places, surprised to find there was someone else who shared similar obsessive behaviour.

Debby is a prolific writer, mainly of memoir. I have read others of her books and never been disappointed. Her style is open, from the heart, and conversational. You could be having a chat with a best friend over coffee, sharing love, life and laughter. In fact, those are things we both have in our blog taglines. How could we not be friends?

Since our first encounter, Debby has been a constant supporter of both my blogs, always dropping by to share some words of wisdom or encouragement — a true champion.


What did you like best about school?

My teachers. I had developed several rapports with teachers in many grades. When I look back on those days, I know it had to do with the compassion and extra attention they gave me that I didn’t receive at home.


What did you like least about school?

I hated gym class. I was not an active child, more of a thinker than a doer. I didn’t like the ugly uniforms we wore that weren’t the least flattering, especially for girls carrying extra weight, and I didn’t enjoy sports. I was the proverbial girl chosen last when picking teams. Here’s the girl who always kept a high 80s average throughout high school until the year I actually failed gym, which cut into my good grade average. Seriously, who fails gym?


What work or profession did you choose after school and was there anything in school that influenced this choice?

While in school I couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted to do. My initial goals were to become a journalist or a lawyer. I had the grades to do so but not the inspiration nor the encouragement to follow through. I worked in the clothing industry for a few years in my early twenties, started as a salesgirl, working my way up to managerial positions and buyer. The fashion bug hit me early. I then became an executive secretary for a general manager of the Carlton Inn Hotel – best job ever! And then I moved on to run an office for a construction company for a friend and later did the same work for an architectural firm. After ‘those days’ I went to ‘dealer’ school where I became a licensed blackjack and poker dealer and worked in the casino business until I met my husband. . . Please continue reading at Norah’s blog.



Source: School Days, Reminiscences of Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye) | Norah Colvin

16 thoughts on “School Days, Reminiscences of Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye) | Norah Colvin

    1. Lol, so did I! Go figure! Interesting how many comments from writers stating they didn’t like gym. Just goes to sustain my theory that creatives are thinkers, no physical athletes lol 🙂


  1. I like the tidbits here, Debby. I too hated gym because I was so uncoordinated. Once the teacher gave me a good grade, so my iffy performance in gym class wouldn’t interfere with my A average. Amazing – right?

    At this stage, I enjoy exercise because I must mind my health. Pilates classes balance my sitting for hours at the computer, so I hope. 🙂


  2. I have one vivid memory of my school days – I didn’t play running games as I thought I would fall and get hurt! 🙂 Now I laugh at myself when I think of this but I am still not a big sports fan though I like to play tag with my grandchildren and my grandson is always convincing me before the play begins : “Nan, you have to run fast!” 🙂 🙂


  3. I liked my teachers best as well. I was not a fan of school. I actually don’t like thinking about those days too much. Every time I think I have a good memory, it’s taken down by a bad memory, lol. I had to smile when I read the part about you failing gym. My question is what kind of gym teacher fails a kid? That’s the part I don’t get!


    1. Lol Kate, no kidding right? I think I know what sealed the deal with that failure mark. I distinctively remember getting caught not running around the track outside, cutting across and getting caught! I’m now convinced though that many of us creatives did not enjoy gym! 🙂


  4. Loved learning more about you, Debby! You’ve struck a chord with hating gym class … ditto! Although for me the lessons weren’t as bad as the mandatory showers, with the teacher standing with the clipboard marking off our names. Your various careers sounds fascinating and no wonder the Carlton was the best job ever! 😀


    1. Lol, thanks Annika. 🙂 Oh wow, teachers standing by in showers, sounds scary. They couldn’t take attendance while in class they had to follow you to the showers. Sounds creepy! xx


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