Monday August 29, 2005

First Day of School

Today is the first day of school in our local school district. From now through May, children will walk past our house on their way to school in the mornings. There will be more traffic in the mornings and afternoons near the schools. Kids will be out at recess. "Caution - Children Present" signs will flash.

Where I grew up, school always started on the Tuesday after Labor Day. This was of particular interest to my sister, whose birthday is early in September. Sometimes her birthday would fall during the end of summer vacation. Sometimes it would fall during the school year. And occasionally (blech!) it would fall on the first day of school.

We grew up in central PA where there is a real autumn. September can be very pretty there. We generally walked to school (during the elementary years) as well as home from (all the way through high school) until mid-winter weather made that difficult.

I remember new school books and fresh notebooks. I recall the fat, blunt, number 1 pencils of 1st through 3rd grade (and the cheap rag paper tablets that went with them). I recall how happy I was when I reached a grade where I could have "real" (i.e. sharp) yellow #2 pencils and white paper to write on!

In junior high and high school, we made book covers out of brown grocery bag paper and my Dad decorated them with images appropriate to the book inside. One science book cover especially sticks in my memory, decorated with flasks, retorts, bunsen burners, and colorful liquids.

Has school started yet where you live? What memories does it bring back for you?

First Day of School ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 29 Aug, 08:07 Pacific | Comments (1)