So kids went back to school today and some sites are asking for your memories of the experience. So here's mine:
My mom would always take the week off before school so that she could drag us around to Leberfeld's to get uniforms (now a closeout store - photographed by Miss Heather) and to TSS to buy school supplies (now Kmart). Then the week of school she cleaned the whole house. (Mom was never big on actually taking vacation to go on vacation when we were kids.)
As I recall, picking out the lunchbox was always the highlight. And I have a very vivid memory of joining with some classmates in making fun of a girl who showed up for 1st grade with a lunchbox like the one pictured. Even though we were really young at the time, we knew this was just lame. If you were a girl you had Snoopy, Strawberry Shortcake or Wonder Woman and if you were a boy you had Superman, Spiderman or Star Wars. If you had the Bee Gees, it meant you were a freak. And speaking of freaks, until I found this picture, I had totally forgotten about the disturbing-looking clown that advertised the 'flip-n-sip' feature of the enclosed thermos. He was stickered onto just about every lunchbox and gave the kids nightmares. Ah, memories!