Flashback (to School) Friday

It’s coming on that time of year: time to get those bouquets of newly-sharpened pencils…sharpened. In other words, it’s back to school for many kiddos, including my nephew who started kindergarten yesterday.

For anyone who knows my pack ratting ways, it will come as no surprise that I have a few (okay, quite a few) momentos from my school days. And, of course, I’ll share one or two…or three…with you. Enjoy!


I’d go back to elementary school just for the music! Although music class was aired over the television, the songs left indelible marks on me—and my two sisters, too. We can’t cross the Shenandoah River without breaking into ♬ “O Shenandoah, I long to see you! A-a-way, you rolling river….” ♬ — (Songbooks from 1977 & 1979)


Scholastic Books / Scholastic Magazine poster, c1979 — I can still see the Scholastic Books order form in my mind, feel the nearly unbearable anticipation of the wait, and smell the glorious scent of fresh paperbacks when they finally arrived at our classroom door.


Mead Trapper Keeper (circa late 1980s – early 1990s) — Warning: Geek alert! I was a fan of the Trapper Keeper. My sisters and I had an older cousin who worked for Mead and supplied us with all the latest products. This “keeper” was my younger sister’s. She gave it to me a couple years ago when I went back to school to get my Master’s degree.

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