Another Westman summer has come and gone. Wednesday was the first day back at class for most students in Westman. As students, teachers and parents cracked open the doors on another school year, reaction from parents was mixed. While many Mom’s took to facebook to post first day of school pictures captioned with reflective messages of pride mixed with a slight bit of sadness, others were excited to have a routine back.
I remember my sister and I taking that first day of school picture well. It was really the only picture all year that was taken first thing in the morning after two months of sleeping in. If my mom could get us to stop fighting for five minutes to take the picture it would be a miracle. Some of the pictures have our hair out of place, rosy cheeks, and my sister’s book bag had a mysterious dent in it in the shape of my head. All obvious signs of a morning tussle.
Here’s a sample of moms who could find five minutes to post something to Facebook Wednesday morning:
Lori Sutherland: Cheering!
Cynch Bone: Excited, time for a break for me!
Phoenix Eastwood: I’m crying because I am so proud of my daughter — her first day of high school.
Charlene Pangman: It’s great! It’s good to see the buses and the kids walking with their backpacks, parents and friends once again.
Jasmaine MacKinnon: I’m doing black flips and singing it’s a wonderful time of year! But I still have 3 at home. Can’t wait for nap time.
Trina Marie: Crying for my eldest starting high school Quiana Saige. How time flies; Cheering for the youngest Rosie Posie, who is now in class full time. Woohoooo no more babies at home.
Chrissy Flatfoot: Both! I’m happy my grade 2, 3 and 5 are gone but my little girl is going to kindergarten next week. Now I’m sad.
Of course with the start of a new school year come new binders, books, pencils, backpacks and lunch boxes and bags.
Memories of those first days of school remind me of how I loved the "smell" of going back. All that new plastic from the six pairs of running shoes, 10 binders and Star Wars lunch box are engrained in my mind. I loved that lunchbox. Like everything else retro, if I only had a pristine version of that thing now, I’m thinking it might be worth more than the 5.99 my parents paid for it in 1979. (Actually it would be worth almost $350 US. The No. 1 lunchbox to have is a Fat Albert set. It’s worth $1,200 US)
Speaking of that Star wars lunchbox, it seems every year when the kids go back to school, it’s a popular movie or TV Show or musical group that themes much of the backpacks, binders and general bling for the kids supplies. For young kids this year, Iron Man, Despicable Me, Super Man and Monsters Inc, the big movies of the year, were the hot licensed merchandise in the Elementary school parade. One Direction ruled the music merchandise and Nickelodeon and Disney TV shows dominated supplies inspired by television.
As school returned Wednesday we asked listeners what they remember from their back to school days, when it comes to the "must have" backpacks or lunch bags or books and binders:
Darryl Wozney: Transformers! Ah drinking my juice out of the cup/lid from the plastic thermos!
Karen Rudachyk: I had a raggedy Ann and Andy lunch kit when I started first grade. I just loved it!
Brian Mitchell: My glow in the dark slimmer lunch kit,(from Ghost Busters) Laurie Bachewich-Blue Smurfs lunch kit!
Joni Backlund: I had a pink plastic Strawberry Shortcake lunch kit with matching thermos.
Loren Gurr: I loved my old style, orange Mork and Mindy lunch kit with matching thermos in the lid.
Kim Stewart: Full house!
Jennifer Roxanne: Holly hobby lunch kit
Judi Elizabeth Smith: Muppet lunch kit! Cabbage patch kids were all the rage! WWF wrestling action figures for the boys!
Elise Polding: I had a pretty sweet Pocahontas outfit that I had my kindergarten pictures taken in Tara Seeton-Burke My Strawberry Shortcake lunch kit with a matching thermos.
Melanie Geeregat: Sailor moon!
Gillian Perlette: I had an orange Garfield lunch kit Wendy Medicine-Care Bears Crysta Baker-She-ra Princess of Power!!
Well it won’t be long before kids are coming home with the latest fundraiser to help offset some of the costs of running their school, and or school programs. I remember selling grapefruit at my school to fund our band program. Some schools sell magazines and others chocolate covered almonds. I think I still have a 10 gallon pail of cookie dough in a freezer somewhere. I’ve even bought sausage to help my nephew’s fundraising efforts. (Actually that was really good.)
While selling fruit at the time felt weird to me, it was better than what two schools in Texas have done for fundraising. One school actually went so far as to sell mattresses to parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Another just last year raffled beer. A beer raffle for school fundraising? Genius. I think with just father support alone they added a new wing to their school. And a playground. And have given teacher a raise. Move over chocolate bars!
JOKE THIS WEEK
A teacher asks her students to give her a sentence with the word "fascinate" in it. A little girl says, "Walt Disney World is fascinating."
The teacher says, "No, I said, ‘fascinate.’"
Another little girl says, "There’s so much fascination when it comes to sea life."
The teacher again says, "No, the word is fascinate."
Little Johnny yells from the back of the room, "My mom has such big boobs that she can only fasten eight of the 10 buttons on her shirt."
Shaun Maxwell Buhr
Rosa Da Rosa Hutchings
Tina M. Paul
Erin Wark Craig
» Tyler Glen is a radio DJ on Star-FM. He writes a weekly column for the Brandon Sun.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 7, 2013