When I was a kid, school was like a prison to me. Not a high-security prison, but I guess more like jail. I felt like they had the wrong guy. Whatever they thought I did to get in there, I didn’t do. I had a 13-year sentence.
Of course there were aspects of school I enjoyed: Drama, English, History, making fun of cheerleaders… And, even though Back to School commercials in August left me nauseated and trying to claw my eyes out… I LOVED Back to School Shopping.
I remember walking up and down the aisles at Thrifty, and picking out the things I wanted:
The perfect Ticonderoga #2 pencils
A pencil holder
Peachy Folders (How AWESOME were these?)
And my absolute favorite. The only thing that cushioned the blow of having to walk back through those prison doors:
College-Ruled Paper Spiral Folders
To this day, I have an obsession with lined-paper folders. I love them. It’s hard for me to pass them up. When I finally graduated, I wrote every sketch and monologue I was ever in on a college-ruled folder. I still use them for to-do lists, grocery lists, and to write the occasional treatment for a show or movie I’d like to write.
What are your favorite memories of back-to-school shopping? Or am I the only one that has them?