The blogosphere is full of back to school photos and thoughts. I thought I'd share a few of my own. This is a photo of me and my older brother, Ryan, on the first day of school - 1980. I was starting 2nd grade. This was a warm day in Kennewick, WA - no different from the typical warm summer days that lead up to it. But I remember insisting on wearing my new school clothes - a long sleeved blouse and long, hot jeans. Image over comfort, even in 2nd grade.
Other memories of this day:
I loved my Snoopy lunchbox. And I remember bringing milk to drink in the matching thermos inside.
We did not have backpacks. We just carried everything to school in our hands/arms. I don't even know if other kids had them. Maybe it was just not the thing to do. I do remember later carrying a bag and/or backpack when I was older, but not in 2nd grade.
A found this second photo while looking for the back-to-school one. It was taken a few months earlier, in Salmon, ID, where my Grandma lived. My mom was 31 here - much younger than I am now. That's so crazy to me.