It’s that time of year again, when students eagerly pick out backpacks, notebooks, crayons, and folders. (L.L.Bean, MEAD, Crayola--64 pack! And Lisa Frank...obviously).
I love the Back to School time of year. As a kid I may have been outnumbered but I know there are some other school-lovers like me-- but I couldn’t wait for September! By the end of summer, I’d get too hot, bored, and soo0o0 ready to see my friends everyday. I missed the smell of chalk; after an entire summer that smell was so fresh and new, but by October the smell didn’t even register, it was just so normal. I even remember feeling as if my brain had turned into mush, just as my 5th grade teacher warned me!
Do you remember taking first day of school pictures? Each year (until I was in upper elementary I suppose), my mom would line up me and my sister, Heidi, on the front porch and take pictures, it was so exciting. I remember either going to the school in the summer and looking at the class board and even meeting my teacher and finding out which desk I was going to sit at!
As we got in the older grades, it was the best day when you received your class schedule in the mail. It meant talking on the phone the whole day with all your friends and swapping schedules!
How about for those of you in my generation--the years before modern-day internet? We’d use the dial-up AOL and block up the phone lines, do research for our papers, look up animated clip art that typically didn’t have much to do with our topic and play music and AIM with our friends after school.
Omgosh, how can I forget back to school clothing shopping!??!
Who didn’t want to look like Lizzie McGuire?
I remember this girl Jessica in my 5th grade class had the cool silky Asian inspired capris from the Limited Too! Ahh they were so cool, I wanted them soo00o badly!
So it seems that I have 90’s and 2000’s
nostalgia here, why? I’m clearly not in
middle school or even school at all--I finished graduate school almost 2 years ago...so why am I missing Back to School?
I think I miss the structure and familiarity of school. Think about it, everyday was completely different. No 2 days were ever the same, BUT there was always the same expectations. Get up, eat breakfast and go to school...after learning a variety of subjects: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and the cool electives, you went home and did your homework, and if you had time played OUTSIDE with your friends! Yeah America...go back outside! (After the heatwave)!
Or when I was in middle school I played field hockey, and in high school I did theatre :)
But the routine was typically always the same. And for me I find a lot of comfort in familiar routines and expectations. I think what's so scary at this “Adulting” thing is that I never know what I’m suppose to be doing. There are literally so many areas in life that need to be maintained...why can’t it be like school?
9:00-career...ie job or whatever? Look to advance your career? (like how do you do that?!)
10:00- morning recess...go outside or to the gym?
10:30- Social studies...check in with your family and friends, send a “I’m thinking of you” text to your boyfriend, ask your BFF how her date went, or your brother about the interview. Ask Nana about that mole?!
12:00- Math...so finances-- pay yo’ bills
12:30- History...catch up on any “Adult Things” you’ve been putting off (make that doctor's appointment or call the mechanic)
1:30-Music/Art...listen/watch/read/ or do what you love that’s a creative outlet!
2:15- Lit...write those “Adult Emails,” (Dear Sir or Madam...)
3:00- Your day is over! On to the fun stuff! Hang out with your friends, do a cool after school--I mean after work activity! Do a cool adult sport team. Volunteer at an animal shelter...doesn’t snuggling puppies and kitties sound like a fabulous idea?!
I think this is a perfect day actually... I’ll keep that in mind when Pixie Chick Productions is a larger Fortune 500 Company (now accepting applications)!
I recently cleaned my desk, like full on cleared everything off, purged useless papers, went through the drawers and organized my files and folders. I even hit up Marshalls and got some cute desk accessories (to organize). And then I created my Goals for September and Chart and Calendar.
Back in January when Pixie Chick began, I originally intended for me to have monthly challenges that I’d write about but life happened blah, blah, blah, it’s September and now I’m realizing that January is really NEVER my New Year...September is!
September will continue to be when I get my life together (hahaha)! I have a better idea how I’ll define my time between a work and social life balance. I have goals to get fit and healthy and I’m glad I started a routine in August and I actually stuck to them! And I’ve even made time for my creative writing! Finally things seem to be falling in place. It could be coincidental, but I don’t believe in such “human excuses,” come on people...it’s in the stars, the universe, God, fate, destiny, whatever you want to call it...Back in August there was a huge astrological shift so it could be that, but I prefer to think that it’s BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!
There’s comfort for me in the idea of familiarity and structure. I thrive with that. There’s even been studies that prove if kids are more active in activities they do better in school. They have less time to waste and things get done. Now I do enjoy down time, but sometimes I think I forget how to do that...over the summer I “scheduled to read my favorite magazines one every 2 days,” but that wasn’t relaxing at all and I never finished reading them! But creating a relaxing vibe could be a challenge I create for myself...a challenge to figure how to relax...such an oxymoron.
So kids, I hope that you’re able to think back to your days at school and have even a hint of a smile or nostalgic tug at your 90’s kid memories. School was tough sometimes, but “Adulting” can be much more difficult. I figured if I can take what I learned at school and apply it to life then all those years of classes, books, pop quizzes, and tests really did sink in, paid off, and and prepared me for my adult life. That’s really what education is about!
And come on, Adam Sandler as Billy Maddison made going “Back to School” seem awesome…