Tuesday, August 14, 2007

back to...basics

lost in the dread of the first day..
I do so clearly remember..the joy of the list..
perhaps I was strange..
But the List..
and then the stationary store..
the smell...sweet erasers..wood pencils..
two...4 pens...
paper..loose leaf..reinforcements...

but let me ask you..

is there a joy in the world that can seriously compare..

to the joy..of discovering..
a new
(previously undiscoverd)





Anonymous m00kie said...

actually.. discovering something IN the undiscovered pocket is even more fun :)

August 14, 2007 2:21 PM  
Blogger come running said...

even now I get excited to go shopping for school supplies..

August 14, 2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Hmmmm, indeed, there's something about shoe and handbag shopping that beats your formerly undiscovered pocket by far - at least IMHO ;)

There's a cute tradition in Germany to sweeten a child's first day at school: they get a large conic card paper bag (either handmade at kindergarten before the break or store-bought with all kinds of motifs) filled with sweet treats and fancier stationaries, pocket games etc. Those bags usually get filled by the grandparents and / or aunts and uncles.

August 14, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Back then...that never even entered my mind..

come running..
I know...

ahhh u just dont rmember that pure and innocent joy..
Hmmm thats cute.. I remember when I was in Europe all the little girls getting all dressed up wth ribbons in their hair for the first day of school..

August 14, 2007 10:53 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

Umm... don't know if there's somethinf that compares.. but I can think of much greater joys than that one...

I still go shopping for school supplies... some things don't change...

August 15, 2007 1:10 AM  
Blogger Mata Hari said...

The joy of a pristine notebook....as yet unsullied...where you still have a hope of taking neat notes and not covering the pages in doodles.

Actually, new supplies in general were/are exciting.

August 15, 2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

David, I'm a teacher. Next Monday, I'll be standing in front of lots of adolescents showing off their latest stationary purchases by re-locating them on their desk all lesson long.
The ribbons are typical of Eastern European schools. What parts of Europe did you travel? As for my hair-do on my first day at school, I had a bob-cut with a fringe (and hated it).

August 15, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Nope. Absolutely no joy quite like it. Especially the new notebooks. And crayons, which are never quite the same later, no matter how much you sharpen them. (Dreamer-- sure there are greater ones, but they're in a different category)

Mmmm...school supplies...

August 15, 2007 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Lvnsm27 said...

I know what you mean. I enjoy discovering things that I didn't notice before.

As for supplies, I use to love getting new supplies. I guess it was just the thought of getting something new

August 15, 2007 6:23 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

oh..u just dont remember that feeling..

except I never harbored such illusions..doodling..was too much a part of me..

what age do you teach?
Yes..it was in Easterm Europe
Not sure..what a bobcut with a fringe is..but if u hated it...it coudnt have been too good..

ahh u got it..

hmm i really dont know what it is..its just real..

August 15, 2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

David, "bob" means short (from the habit of bobbing = cutting off Old English Shepherd dogs' tails); a bobcut is a haircut that is not longer than chin-length. A fringe is what you call "bangs" in America. The reason behind it was that my hair was so smooth that any hair accessory would simply slide out. As my mother stated the other day, a fringe was a cut she could only understand on little girls as a matter of practicality, but that on adult women it looked pretty ridiculous (alas, they're in fashion now, but they make even the faces of tall, slender women look fatter than they are).

August 16, 2007 5:39 AM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Forgot to answer your first question:
I teach levels that equal to senior high school / college. They may be adults in terms of law, but they still enjoy Sponge Bob-pencils, 64-pieces sets of colour pens, the latest gimmick in highlighters, correction fluid (which they are not supposed to use) etc.

August 16, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

oh ok...those were in the 50s-60s..werent they?..

wow..is it tough to teach that age group?
u never truly grow out of it..i guess..

August 16, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

They're back in fashion, David. Cover your eyes ;)

August 16, 2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

oh..they can look cute..
I can think of worse styles..

August 16, 2007 9:43 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...


Hey,... I didn't know you were there in my brain when i found that extra pocket in my knapsack!

great description!

August 18, 2007 6:42 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Hey...welcome back..
Heh..seems to be a pretty universal joy..

August 19, 2007 10:40 AM  

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