Sunday, August 22, 2010

It's Back to School Y'all

I can't believe it's back to school already. On my way home Friday I cut through the back of our neighborhood and found myself smack in the middle of a traffic jam. I was sitting in front of the elementary school vehicles lined the streets and parents holding their children's hands as they made their way to the entrance (open house). We do not have children yet so I was completely caught off guard that black Monday was around the corner. My husband and I refer to it as "Black Monday" because it's horrific trying to commute out of the community to the freeway downtown. Poor hubby, he'll have to get up early in the morning to avoid the rush. Once I got around the group of families pouring into the neighborhood streets I couldn't help but think back to when I was a kid. The first memory that came to mind was when I was about 9 years old. I remember that first day of school vividly. My mom dropped me and my older sister off at school in our family's new Jeep Wagoneer. My sister was listening to the Go's Go's. I jumped from the back seat before my mother could kiss me goodbye. After all, I was 9 years old and didn't need my mom embarrassing me. I wore my jean skirt, purple IZOD shirt, side pony, and a Strawberry Short Cake lunchbox. I grew about 2 inches that summer so I was much taller and felt more mature as I towered over the younger kids. I even convinced my mom to let me wear lip gloss. It was bubblegum flavor. I thought I was too cool for school. What is your first day of school memory?

This was our family car during the 80's. Same color and everything.

I had this exact lunchbox. I carried a lot of PB&J in that little box.

I totally had the Debbie Gibson hair. Sometimes I'd wear it in a side pony.

The only make up a 9 year old girl could get away with. My BFF had the Dr. Pepper one.

I think my sister and I listened to this tape a million times. I knew every beat and lyric by heart.


  1. I think I once had bubble gum Lip Smacker too! But my favorite was Dr. Pepper. School starts this week here. Luckily we live in the middle of nowhere so hopefully it won't be so hectic. I love you Strawberry Shortcake lunch box! I always ate hot lunch so I never had a cool lunch box.


  2. Love this post! It takes me back! I remember Debbie Gibson and had all her I love the Go-Go's too :) I have their Greatest Hits ;) School has already started in our neck of the woods...but my kids don't start preschool until the first week of September. I remember the feeling I used to get on all my first days of school. Which friends will I have in my classes? Will I have homework after school? Will my teachers act mean or nice? Who will I eat lunch with during lunch time? What great memories ;)

  3. I'll be honest in that I can't remember my first day of school for some reason. It was around 35 years ago now, but I know some people remember.

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