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Back To School

Back To School

It is that time of the year when schools are beginning again after the summer break. Some schools will start shortly and others have already begun.  Today I will take a look at the good and the bad of back to school.  I wrote about back to school memories in 2012 as well, click here to read what I had to say.

The good:

  • Traffic gets better with fewer people on the road during morning and afternoon rush hour.
  • High School football games offer a fun way to spend a Friday night.
  • Child care expenses are greatly reduced. Having nearby relatives has substantial benefits.
  • Going shopping for some new clothes. I typically wore jeans and T-shirts in high school but was made to dress up in elementary school.  Getting bell bottoms was a big deal.
  • Seeing your friends again on a regular basis. Things might be different in today’s connected world.  We did not have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype/Face Time, cell phones or the internet when I was in school.
  • Having your mind filled with knowledge and to continue your lifelong journey of learning. (I am sort of serious)

The bad:

  • For the kids, it is the homework, getting up early and the lousy slop that they call pizza at the cafeteria.
  • Finding out that you have a first period gym class or worse a challenging subject like calculus or physics.  After the summer off and sleeping in you don’t want to tax your body or your brain that early.
  • The drama associated with the bus ride for the elementary school kids. On top of that, it seemed like every year I would get on the bus first in the morning and be the last to be dropped off in the afternoon.  Spending 45 minutes on a bus is no fun.
  • Traffic gets worse during the morning and afternoon rush hour.
  • For the parents the running kids to various school related activities.
  • For the parents they also have to deal with homework every night making sure the assignments get done. I personally think they assign too much homework these days.
  • For parents taking a hit to the budget to get clothes for the new school year can be a shock.

I hope this brings back some memories for you and I hope that back to school is mostly a good thing for you. Have a great week.

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Written by pacelinebiz

August 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

Back To School Memories

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The wheels on the bus go round and round

In the next 2 weeks, almost all schools will be back in session.  Some schools in Northwest Georgia went back on August 1st.  That is crazy if you ask me.  When I was in elementary school I think we went back the last week of August or early September.   I can remember in 6th grade we had a teacher’s strike and did not go back to school until early October and did not get out until late June.  My dad had planned a 1 month vacation in a Winnebago starting on June 6th.   Read about it here.    I think I only went to about 160 days of school that year but I managed to do just fine in 7th grade. 

Some things I remember about going back to school:

Getting new clothes.  I can remember one year (late 1970’s) that corduroy was a real popular alternative to blue jeans.  I also remember getting a corduroy winter coat – an alternative to the jean jacket.  I actually liked upgrading my clothes for the new year although by the time I was in high school I usually wore a T-shirt with a silk screen image of some sort on it.

Catching up with the buddies and seeing how much everyone changed.  This was especially dramatic in the Junior High years when some guys would grow 6 inches over the summer and the girls also grew in areas that were particularly “noticeable”.

Getting homesick.  I remember in first grade I was homesick for my mom.  I was two years behind my older brother so for two years when he was in school I had her all by myself most of the time.  I can remember that being very cool.  What a shock when I had to go all day without her!  I did not have this problem in kindergarten for some reason perhaps because it was only a half-day.  When I was entering kindergarten it was not required and my district did not offer it so I went to a neighboring school.  That makes me sound old, but it is an anomaly I assure you.

I hope everyone has a good kick off to the new school year regardless what stage of life you are in.  I only regret the beginning of school because that means traffic will be worse.   Have a great week.

Written by pacelinebiz

August 20, 2012 at 9:22 am