Thursday, August 02, 2007

Back to School....

If you listen closely… you can almost hear them. Believe it or not the school bells will be ringing for the kids in my neighborhood as early as next week. I live in Paulding County and I’ve noticed that the big bright smiles that used to greet me as I turned onto my street every afternoon aren’t looking as big and bright these day. One glance at the calendar and I knew why. The summer of 2007 is coming to a quick close for the little ones.

The start of a new school year… doesn’t that bring back some funny memories? Automatically my mind goes back to my school box. And although everyone’s grade school school-box was basically the same size, I can remember spending countless hours trying to come up with new and creative way to arrange my goods. To my dismay, that little box of 24-Crayola Crayons, small bottle of Elmer’s Glue, scissors that couldn’t even do damage to a stick of butter, ruler, and two or three cool colored pencils were usually going to only go in there one of three ways.

The elementary grade that I remember more clearly that any other was fourth grade. All the girls had Calvin Klein jeans with the label on the back right pocket. We all carried a comb in the that same back pocket and our jeans had to be rolled up two times (and only two times) to have the perfect cuff on them.

Fourth grade was the first year that I felt the pressure of a good hair day. Every girl had a Dorothy Hamill hair cut. You had to get your hair cut my “Spunky” at Fantastic Sams across from the mall. And no style was perfect unless you had first washed your hair with ‘short and sassy’ shampoo.

Back in those days we mostly played music on record players or some boldly colored portable cassette player that ran on four size D batteries that your parents could never keep in stock. My two favorite songs of the 4th grade were “Don’t go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Ki Ki Dee….and “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees.

Every girl wore Loves Baby Soft perfume on their wrist and Kissing Sticks (cinnamon flavor) on their lips. The list of fun fact memories goes on and on. Ironically I am approaching my 40th birthday but I can remember that fourth grade year like it was yesterday.

Maybe next time I see a little neighborhood face sporting the look of those back-to-school- blues I’ll stop and remind them, it’s not so bad.

In fact, those are some of the happiest memories of my life.

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