Loverlies, thank you for joining me for today’s 10 on the 10th 09.2020 post. Just in time for back to school, we are answering 10 school days-themed questions. There is so much craziness associated with back-to-school this year. Masks, disinfecting wipes and sanitizer are at the top of every school supply list. There’s the learning curve associated with all the new technology – Zoom, Schoology or Google classroom. Gone is the sweet anticipation of the first day of school from years past. This year the first day just promises to be super stressful for everyone.
With this post, I hope we can have a little back to school fun. And you can play along whether you have children in school now, had children in school in the past, or were even a child in school yourself once upon a time!! Grab your device or a yellow #2 pencil and some wide-ruled paper and jot down your answers to the questions below.
10 Questions for September’s 10 on the 10th
First 3 Qs & As
- What does back to school look like in your home or community this year? The school year kicked off online on 09.08.2020 for the district from which I retired. They are surveying parents as to what they prefer for their children’s education experience when they switch from all virtual to F2F, hybrid or continued virtual options. For my granddaughter Cadence across the state in Ft. Worth, the first day began online using Zoom. My sister Valerie began the year virtually, as well, using Schoology. Lucia is going to transitional kinder in person at Kindercare. My former school district is using Schoology, too. Bet we should all buy some Schoology stock!! I am signed up to sub again but don’t know how that will look this year.
- Does your state or city offer a back to school tax free weekend? If so, do you plan your back to school shopping around it? What kinds of things do you buy? In Texas, we have enjoyed a tax-free weekend early in August since 1999. According to this story in “Caller Times” during the August 7-9 weekend, “shoppers didn’t have to pay sales taxes on items priced below $100 ranging from backpacks to pens and pencils to shoes, shirts, pants and pajamas during Texas’ 21st sales tax moratorium.” [source] When my girls were in school, I took advantage of the tax-free weekend to buy back-to-school clothes and school supplies. In addition to the $08.25 sales tax break, many stores offered additional discounts. I am not going to school anywhere unless you count the blogging course I am trying to finish online. But have bought tee shirts galore over the last couple of weeks. Planning a post to share them with you. Loving the fall capsule wardrobe Alison at Get Your Pretty On has put together, too. Gimme all the cozy sweaters, graphic tees and denim, shopping deets for purchasing pieces and the formulas for putting outfits together. You can register here and join the fun. And the work wear capsule wardrobe will be coming out next week!!
- Do your children wear school uniforms? If so, what do they look like? If not, is there a strict dress code in place? What are your thoughts on school uniforms? Did you wear a uniform? I never wore a uniform for school nor did my daughters. But in most of the schools in my former school district, elementary and middle school students wear a polo type shirt in school colors and khaki or navy pants. No jeans. I have mixed feelings about uniforms. It does take the fun and individuality away from dressing for school. But it levels the playing field to some degree. I worked in mostly low socio-economic schools and it was good that kids all wore more or less the same thing. And affordable. I always kept extra uniforms, though, in the library because we had children whose clothes were often filthy tatters. Would give them a clean uniform and take their old one home to wash.
Second 3 Qs & As
- What did you want to be when you were growing up? Did you plan to go to college? As a very young child, I don’t remember wanting to be anything!! Ha!! How’s that for a type A personality?? But as I approached middle school-age, I wanted to be a pediatrician and work with underprivileged families in Appalachia. It didn’t matter if I planned to go to college or not. My parents definitely planned for me to. And paid for my college. All 4.5 years + summer school. Took me awhile to figure out I needed to settle on a major and graduate.
- What sports did you play, what clubs were you in? Were you a cheerleader? Girls didn’t have as many options for playing sports ‘back in the day’ circa the 1970s. I was a middle school cheerleader which is completely amazing. And in high school there was girls basketball and a few girls on the tennis team. But I was far too shy to play a team sport. I did begin running on my own in high school. Was the editor of the literary magazine, in the art club, pep club, Latin club (snooze fest), Y-teens girls’ club between 9th and 12th grades. In the pictures below, I am in kinder, first, second, maybe third or fourth, sixth, a sophomore and a senior.
- Did you buy lunch or take lunch? If you took lunch from home, who made your lunch? What was your favorite school lunch? Too shy most of my childhood to buy my lunch so mom packed us a lunch. We ate weird things like triangles of Gruyere cheese and smoked meats. Like a mini-charcuterie board in a lunch box. Rarely, I would buy spaghetti. And we would attend the school’s spaghetti suppers. By high school, I could occasionally gather up my courage to buy lunch. Usually a turkey sammie or a cheeseburger. But in my senior year, I was anorexic so didn’t eat lunch at all.
Third 3 Qs & As
- To what group or click did you belong? At my school we had the jocks, the parking lot gang, popular kids. Where did you fit in? Were you in a sorority? If so, which one? I was on the distant fringes of the popular kids. My best friends, Sharon and Nancy, were popular. But that danged shyness thing kept me from being able to talk to anyone except Sharon and Nancy!! My high school boyfriend was in Future Farmers of America. I attended a small private college in my freshman year was initiated into Delta Delta Delta sorority and chosen best pledge. Loved it. But when I transferred to the University of Tennessee in my sophomore year, I found not all Tri Delt chapters (or any sorority, for that matter) are the same. Was not active in ΔΔΔ at UT. And I missed it. Took this online quiz to see which sorority would be my best fit (at 62). The answer was Alpha Chi Omega. Huh. What did you get?
- Did you spend much time in the library? What was your favorite class? In high school, I used the public library far more than the school library. I did have to take all of my mid-term finals in the library in my senior year on a teacher inservice day because I had been sick when the tests were originally given. Horrifying!! Had an AP history-English class called American Studies in my junior year of high school that I loved. And really enjoyed senior English, too. Oh, and art. And Latin but just because my BFF and I cut up in there together. Poor Ms. Eason, the teacher, was as old as Julius Caesar himself.
- What are some of your favorite high school memories? Homecoming? Prom? Have you returned for any class reunions? Being goofy with my friends at the Raleigh Springs Mall. Riding the escalator backwards (going up the down escalator). Doing cart wheels in the mall. Going to football games. Hayrides. Formals. Acting in little skits. Pep rallies. Glen was the perfect high school boyfriend and I was blessed. Have only returned for my 10th high school reunion, and then just for the tour of the campus. Too shy for that stuff.
Final Q & A
- How old were you when you started school? Did you have a favorite teacher? I was 4 when I started kindergarten. In fact, had just turned 4 a few months before school started. My mom said I had to be lifted onto the school bus!! I cannot imagine us sending Lucia to school on a bus – much less on a bus that she can’t get on and off of by herself!! Really don’t remember any of my teachers other than poor ole Ms. Eason in Latin, my American Studies teachers, and my art and senior English teachers. Even then I don’t remember their names. I did have a very good 5th grade teacher in Boston, Ms. Hardin, who built a conestoga wagon in the classroom. And Mr. Carruthers in 7th grade in Memphis who let me use an assumed name and dress in costumes all year. Yes, I was a weirdo.
Hope you have enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Have had fun hosting these 10 on the 10th posts. Last month our theme was 10 favorite books, movies, podcasts and TV shows (lately). Picked up so many great titles and shows from everyone who played along. If you need some inspiration, read last month’s 10 on the 10th post, here.
Next month we will get in the spirit of Halloween by sharing 10 superstitions or old wives’ tales, bits of family advice, and things we are OCD about. Might even get a peek at our Halloween decor and costumes. Will post more info the first day or two of October. Please be on the look out.
Now it’s your turn to share answers to the 10 on the 10th 09.2020 questions. Link up your blog post or answer the questions in a comment below. Grab your laptop or #2 pencil and get started.
Hugs and kisses,