I can’t believe most kids are already back to school. Every time I see parents talking about it on social media, I feel bad for the kids. Here in Hawaii, the kids get out of school the end of May and they go back the beginning of August. That’s only 2 months for summer, but they do have longer breaks throughout the year.
We got out of school the second week of June and always went back the day after Labor Day. So, this was it, the last weekend before heading back to tests and school lunches and book reports. And in my family, we always had a Labor Day tradition.
Today is Saturday and this was the day my mom would double check to make sure we had all the things we needed for first day. We never got these huge lists sent to us before school started. That came the first day of school and back then we did not need to help supply the classroom with tissues and paper towels, etc. Those things were supplied by the school itself, not the poor teachers who then have to ask for help from the families. (But that is a whole other conversation, although I will say this…we need to pay our teachers more and the school board needs to supply more things in the classrooms of America. O.K., I’ll get off my soap box now.)
My mom knew what to get for the basics, because even though we moved around a lot and I was in a lot of different schools, they were all Catholic and the requirements never change, only the colors of the jumpers do. She double checked everything and then put it all in my backpack. Then she moved on to make sure my uniforms were hemmed and ironed and ready for Tuesday.
We would sit around and watch The Jerry Lewis Telethon every year. Do you remember it? It was a big, televised show that ran all weekend and raised money for Muscular Dystrophy. It ran from 1966 to 2014. It stayed on all weekend long, no breaks. They had music acts and big stars. They talked to the families of the kids they were helping. It was a very big deal when I was growing up. I would sit and watch all 3 days of the telethon. I would be sitting there with my backpack, rearranging it to how I liked it packed. I always had an obsession with school supplies…I still do. I am always buying pens and notebooks, especially the marble composition books, they will always be a favorite.
A couple of weeks before Labor Day, my mother would try to get me to start going to bed earlier, so I could get back on some kind of routine. I didn’t want to, but I did. Here’s the thing, I had a small portable television on top of my dresser. After I went to bed, I would turn it on very low and stand in front of it very close so I could hear it. I would put a towel at the bottom of my door so nobody could see the glare of the screen. I never got caught and that’s probably why I need glasses today.
This is a time of year I consider for new beginnings, even more than New Years. I don’t know why, but the school year has always been a better calendar for me. As an adult, I sit down and make a list of some things I would like to do. It’s the time of year to get back on track after a full summer of taking it a little easy and having more fun. That reminds me…I have to get to the store and get some more composition books while they are still on sale!!!
***Question for the comments…Did you have any end of summer traditions? How did you feel about going back to school? What is your favorite supply for school?
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