Sunday, September 6, 2009

Back to School...Do You Remember When?

Labor Day has finally come heralding what most of us consider the beginning of fall no matter what the calendar or the weather say. Lots of children are already in school and the rest will begin this week. Although I no longer teach or even have children in school, it always make me a little nostalgic. I've been thinking this weekend...Do you remember....?

When the most important decision you had to make was what to wear on the first day of school?

When you thought you would die if your best friends weren't in your homeroom?

When you thought you'd be friends forever?

When you were shocked to find out your teacher had a first name besides Mrs.?

When you thought your teacher was older than dirt...and she was younger than you are now?

When your station in life was determined by the size of your box of crayons?

When your biggest worry was who you would sit with at lunch?

When the school paste smelled like peppermint and the halls smelled like fresh wax?

When you could figure out right from wrong by looking for the red marks on your paper?

Me too....Happy Labor Day!

I'll be linking this on Tuesday at Tam's at the Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday...just three or more of my thoughts on Labor Day.


  1. Great post! Not happy about the game results are you? :-)). Hope you had a great weekend.

  2. Wow! What an awesome post! Very well done!

  3. I remember! The smells of crayons, wax and janitor supplies still remind me of the school rooms. I remember always burning up here in the south because my new outfit would be too warm for the weather BUT boy did I look good! ha ha

  4. Well done! And I do remember....

  5. That box of crayons was really big on my agenda! I remember when my daughters were little I always made sure they had a good box of crayons at home and at school, because life to me was not a box of chocolates. It was a box of crayon! Loved this post!

  6. What a lovely post Susan and it brought back such happy memories of those first days back to school.
    wonderful happy days.
    Thank you.


  7. What a fun post! Those are the things I missed about going back NOT the work!
    Hugs, Lisa

  8. What a cute post, Susan! And those sure were the days!...Christine

  9. such a sweet post... You had me at the box of crayons...I still buy them in the fall...can you ever have too many!...xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  10. Okay, now I have to call my 2 best friends and set up a girls lunch get together soon!

  11. my youngest starts tomorrow...I hope I get a good I think I am not going to be such a brave mom! lol

  12. What fun to see a picture of our Crown Prince Philip and his wife Prinsess Mathilde and tree of there children in you post about starting school again....I love you memory's and observation about school life. It's been a long time for me since I was in school but can still relate with some of your remarks.

  13. I can relate to first day back to school because I am a teacher and experience it over and over! But it's still exciting! Our students in Australia wear school uniforms, so clothing choices are not an option! But that large box of crayons is very familair to our younger students! Some things are the same the world over!

  14. Boy those were the days. If only we could go back to more simple times, life would sure be alot easier wouldn't it? This was a darling post..hugs ~lynne~

  15. Beautiful words! I am a retired teacher and I love the voice in your writing. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my post.

    Have a wonderful week.


  16. Oh yes -- all this and "Dick and Jane" too! Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane.

  17. Hi, Susan! Thanks for stopping by my place! I love making new blog friends! ♥

    Oh how I loved those back to school clothes; even the new shoes that left blisters on your feet by the end of the first day. Wish I could still get a new wardrobe every year! ☺

  18. lovely post!! Love the part about looking for the red marks on the's gotten rough for people to figure out right from wrong...too many directions.

  19. What a fun post. I remember all of this so well. It was full of fun and surprises. Thanks so much for stopping by. I can hardly wait to see what you've created for the "Cloche Party". You said you had sent me an email, I am sorry, I didn't get it. Please send it again to I look forward to hearing from you. Hugs, Marty

  20. I love this post, and I DO remember all that you mention! Luckily, I am STILL best friends with a girl I met in Kindergarten and it's been -- well, a LOT of years!

    Speckled trout sounds fab -- I only made trout once, with fennel -- and that's how I found out my husband doesn't like fennel. :-P

    Best -- Cass

  21. What an amazing post. Those are some of my all-time favorite memories.

    Enjoyed visiting,


  22. As a retired teacher one thing I remember is the kids who insisted on wearing their new school clothes even though it was a hot September day. The next day they went back to their summer clothes! :)

  23. That is a lovely and very well written post. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from South America,

  24. Loved your post. I giggled at most everything. Everything you said was sooooo true!!! It was great to remember the good parts of school, instead of the bad. Thanks for the memories.

  25. Really enjoyed your BTS post. Love the pic of young trio to older. Made me smile. Thanks ;-)

  26. Susan, this was such a fun post. (I love the "station in life the size of your crayon box"!) You are so cute. You brought back some great memories for me. (What about the smell of memograph paper-oops, you may be too young to remember that). laurie

  27. Oh, Susan, what a sweet post! I remember too! Thank you so much for popping in to share my joy!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  28. Hi Susan,
    Stopping by to say hello and to thank you for stopping by my blog! *good luck* in the give away.
    I just love this post! No matter how many years you have been out of school...just reading this can remember all those feeling and smells of days gone by!
    It is so nice to meet you and I will visit again soon.

  29. Hi Susan...

    Just read your sweet note that you left on my new Autumn happy that you came by and thank you for leaving me such a sweet note!

    Ohhh my...What a wonderful post, my friend! You sure took me down memory lane with a few of my very own school day memories! Girl, I can still that paste...even to this day! I loved the way it smelled! Several years ago I went back to school...however it was to work this time! I worked with special needs students...specifically autistic children! This will be the 2nd school year since my early retirement! I always find myself thinking about class...the students! Missing it sometimes!!!

    Have a wonderful day, my friend!

  30. I enjoyed your remembrances of school days!!:)

    If you have time, come by my place for visit- last week I posted my memories of the first day of school. Hope you like it:)

    Linda C

  31. thank you for visiting my blog and i am glad you got a good laugh.

    f sharp, on another note, there is a new book out you might really enjoy...CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD-GRADE KIND by Phillip Done. it will really lighten your day!

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