Revisiting Old Friends

So, tomorrow is the first day of school. Not for me, of course, but the Wednesday after Labor Day always floods my memory. Sometimes it still feels strange not waking up at 6:30, throwing on my school uniform, packing my backpack, eating a breakfast of cinnamon raisin toast and waiting for a yellow school bus. Sometimes I’ll walk pass the book publisher in my office building and smell elementary school – a mixture of new textbooks, Crayolas and copier fluid.

Lexcie and I went to Staples a few days ago, and I had a yearning to buy five-subject notebooks, Papermate pens, looseleaf paper and a Trapper Keeper. But, of course, I needed more adult things, like pushpins and CD cases. I told Lexcie my favorite part about having children will probably be the school shopping. He replied that if they turn out anything like him, they’ll go to school empty handed and still manage to pass.

However, I did buy the cinnamon raisin bread at the supermarket tonight, and mom wants to eat breakfast with me before I go to work tomorrow. Except now, my “bus” is eight cars long and goes choo-choo.

Now that my room is done, I’ve been unpacking boxes I haven’t seen since high school. It’s been a lot of fun looking over old yearbooks and photos and writing samples I forgot existed. And now that I’m totally obsessed with PaperbackSwap1, I’ve been getting rid of off books I’ve swiped from the aforementioned publisher’s free table and The Ram, and in return, requesting books I enjoyed when I was younger. There’s some sort of comfort in revisiting Scout and Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird, Claudia and James from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Lorraine and John from The Pigman.

Now, I just hope I don’t have that once-in-a-while nightmare that I’m late for school tonight.


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4 Responses to “Revisiting Old Friends”

  1. Y says:

    Interestingly, I still go to school, so it feels weird having friends who work the standard 9-5. It makes for awkward friendships and lots of lonliness since I’m bored out of my mind while everybody else is either doing work at home, prepping for work, or doing errands that need to be done when they’re not at work. Plus, I end up working Saturday mornings which ruins any plans to do stuff with people who wake up early Saturday morning. The lonliness is exacerbated by the fact that I’m older than the majority of the students at school, so I don’t fit in with them as well.

    OTOH, I have more time to sleep than you guys do…

  2. Y says:

    Lexcie and I went to Staples a few days ago, and I had a yearning to buy five-subject notebooks, Papermate pens, looseleaf paper and a Trapper Keeper.

    I just bought four one-subject Five-Star notebooks for Jarvis for $10. I also bought a five subject to use for the next three semesters and some mechanical pencils. I still end up going into Staples every few months because I go thru pens and pencils like water.

    He replied that if they turn out anything like him, they’ll go to school empty handed and still manage to pass.

    Shudder. 🙂

  3. Caitlin says:

    I wouldn’t go to staples this week. I wish I didn’t have to except I work there at the moment. Haha. i have always LOVED buying school supplies. I think I will love that part of parenting a lot too.

  4. Lexcieeee says:

    Interestingly, I still go to school, so it feels weird having friends who work the standard 9-5.

    I actually had the opposite perspective. When I was in grad school, I actually did the 9-5 and I always wondered how other students have time to pahty and why they don’t get to work until noon. I thought they were lazy asses. But I guess they are just synchronizing their schedule with those of their peers.

    It hasn’t changed much now that I get to work at 7.30 and the rest of the office don’t show until 9.

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