1. I had a horrific headache (migraines as the years passed) and puked every single first day of school except my senior year.
2. Mom ALWAYS took us to Baskin Robbins on the first day and the last day of school. We didn't have Baskin Robbins nearby but we carry on the tradition and always go out for ice cream.
3. I LOVED going back to school clothes shopping. My parents gave us a clothing allowance and I remember it being $100 which was ENORMOUS in my mind. We could spend it however we chose--spending it all on one pair of shoes or bargain shopping for an entire wardrobe. I always budgeted to buy a few things at the Izod outlet store when we visited family in upstate New York.
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4. Picking out a new lunch box was a highlight for me. We only got a new one every couple of years. Holly Hobbie was one of my favorites until I RUINED it by leaving a banana inside, hiding it in my closet and claiming I lost it. I didn't like bananas but was afraid to throw it away because my mom knew EVERYONE at school and I was sure the lunch ladies would tell on me and I'd get in trouble. The mystery of the missing lunch box was eventually solved. I didn't get in trouble for not eating the banana but I did get in trouble for not telling the truth. I had to carry my rusted out, banana scented lunch box for the rest of the year.
5. I was a VERY picky eater as a child. I remember eating a Kraft cheese single and an apple every single day for a VERY long time.
6. The summer before seventh grade we moved across country.
It was not what I expected. I never mastered the art of opening my locker but luckily the girl above me was always willing to help. She's been a pre-k teacher for twenty years in the same school district.
7. Last August was the first time in many, many years that I wasn't bustling around setting up my classroom and it was a bit depressing. I was wallowing in uncertainty.This year I'm not setting up a classroom and it's exciting. I have a new job I love which will allow me to volunteer more consistently at my children's school.
8.When Einstein and Peanut started kindergarten I was thrilled to celebrate another milestone and not at all sad. Now that I'm sending my last baby to kindergarten tomorrow I wonder if I will feel the same?
9. We have no one locally to list as an emergency contact on all the school forms and that makes me sad.
10. In fifth grade my bff and I started a women's liberation movement. Perhaps some would argue that KPW (Kentucky Pioneer Women) was more of a history club whose main purpose was planning our pioneer sleepover.