Itís back to school for students this week or next, depending on the district.
Naturally, that should spark memories of the first day of school from the past.
But it doesnít for me.
I figured they would all come back to me as I mowed my yard for the third time this week. (Doesnít it seem like lawn mowers are going 24/7 nowadays?)
New crayons, Big Chief Tablets, No. 2 pencils: those standards for elementary students of my era should be stuff students donít forget.
I donít recall carrying in Kleenex, antibacterial gel or five-subject spiral notebooks on any back-to-school list. The latter would mean I would need a notebook for five different subjects. I donít think I even had a backpack.
When my kids were younger, we always took first-day pictures with their new clothes and backpacks. The approaching start of school always included a shopping trip, school fees and a remortgage. Donít think that has changed.
My first recollection of school was kindergarten at McKinley. What I remember most? I remember the play horse in the courtyard. I remember the rug I took to school for naptime. And I remember there was a girl named Pam. I carved our initials in numerous trees throughout Brownís Park that school year. For those of you who think that first love lasts forever, well, I have no idea what her last name was.
Elementary school memories? Think! Think! Think! My older brother doing my math and getting all of the problems wrong! Recess! When playing baseball at recess a foul ball ended up in a fenced backyard and someone had to knock on the door of the house and ask the lady that lived there to get the ball for us. She had a big dog or we would have retrieved it ourselves.
Junior high? Getting lost in the school halls, school dances and walking to Garfield in all kinds of weather to eat lunch. Oh, yeah! There was the time I was told to never wear my bell-bottoms to school again. I guess I was Clinton Kelly years before his time.
High school? There are some students who remember every single locker and locker combination. I donít think in four years I ever used a locker. That would mean doing something with books.
College? Students were spending up to $300 on these things called ďcalculators.Ē I do recall one year looking at my book list. Three books, $100 each. I bought two of the three and saved the beer money!
I think most of us moaned and complained about going back to school. Of course back then the temperatures sometimes were in the 90s with no air conditioning, only a lone box fan in the classroom and open windows.
Most kids enjoy getting into the school routine, meeting friends before and after school and throwing peas onto the McKinley stage. But truly, then like today, most welcome the start of school.
Well, at least the parents do.