Monday, August 17, 2009

Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell

It's that time of year again...when the kids gather up their high-tech backbacks (stuffed with laptops, iPods, and graphing calculators), don their Abercrombie jeans and Nike sneakers, and head back to school. For most people like me who don't have children, it's probably a non-event. The nerd in me, however, always takes note of the appearance of all the shiny new notebooks, folders, binders, etc., in the stores--because I love school supplies. Until junior high, when I hit the Misery Trifecta of algebra, gym class, and mean popular kids , I actually loved school. From the time I was unleashed on the Kentucky public school system as a fresh-faced little nerdlet in 1976, until the day of my sixth-grade graduation, I was as happy as a clam in the academic world. I looked forward to the beginning of school each year with great excitement, partly because it provided me the opportunity to indulge my tendency to be a huge know-it-all. ("You know," my exasperated mother once said, "that grown-ups don't really like it when little girls correct their grammar." I sincerely hope that I grew out of being an annoying little swot.) The other reason that I loved back-to-school? The GEAR. I've always been into organizing things. Plus, at what other time of year would a six-year-old kid be able to get a new wardrobe, cool sneakers, a lunchbox, a book bag, and a boatload of awesome organize-y stuff? It was like Christmas, except without the pressure to be good and the threat of being passed over by Santa. So, for the next couple of posts, I'm going to bore everyone senseless share some memories of my all-time-favorite back-to-school stuff! Beginning with...

My First Lunchbox

As the first day of school approached, I was so excited. When the time came to choose the all-important lunchbox, I decided to forgo the trendy (i.e. Charlie's Angels and the Bionic Woman), and stick with two of my oldest, dearest friends: Raggedy Ann and Andy. Their cheerful little faces decorated my room at home, and I often slept with the dolls, so it was a natural choice. The lunchbox was metal, it came with a matching plastic thermos, and I was incredibly proud of it. I must have driven my grandmother crazy in the few days leading up to the start of school by making "practice lunches" so that I could have an excuse to use my lunchbox. Of course, by the end of the year, the metal was rusting, the thermos stained pink from tomato soup, and the whole thing smelled like feet, so my mom decided that it had to go. My Raggedy Ann and Andy lunchbox may not have accompanied me to second grade, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. (sniff)


Some time later, after losing my wireless connection TWICE, I feel like I need to wrap this up before I lose the whole thing. So, stay tuned for the next installment of school memories...wherein I will discuss my unnatural devotion to a pair of sneakers, how Mead contributed to my OCD, and the role of glittery unicorns in my education. (I'm not kidding.)

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JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, I'm so jealous!

I never got a lunchbox. I had to carry everything in a stupid brown paper bag, tho I did get a thermos for the all-important tomato soup.

I can't wait to find out if your "unnatural devotion to a pair of sneakers" was responsible for your lunchbox smelling like feet at the end of the year.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Well now. You and I had completely different shopping-for-school experiences. See, I had to wear a uniform for all 12 years of school. The only thing that I got to make unique were my shoes. I always got saddle shoes. Also, I only remember one or two lunch boxes and don't even remember what theme they had. The rest of my years were like JD's, brown bagging it. Always a tuna sandwich and a Tastykake Krimpet. I can't eat tuna to this day.

I'm glad someone had fun shopping!

absepa said...

JD: I didn't really consider the whole shoe obsession/foot-smelly lunchbox connection. Very observant.

I've never been able to use a lunchbox or bag for any length of time without it getting stinky. Now I just carry my lunch to work in a Kroger bag.

Kathy: Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm sure my mom would have loved for me to wear a uniform, since I was kind of a pain about what I wore. You may not want to read my next post; it will be about clothes and shoes. If it makes you feel any better, I can't stand tuna, either.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved this post...and glad to find your blog...and I did have a neat lunchbox...way back when..

absepa said...

Teresa: Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by!