Here it is, the last week of August and where has our summer gone? Vacation time is almost over; school opens soon. Many college students are already on campus.
The pre-kindergarten orientation took place last week and also kindergarten orientation at the Peterboro Street Elementary School. Now you hear moms and dads calling the children in for the evening hoping to get them off to bed earlier, setting the regimented schedule for opening day of school and regular school hours. Up early in the a.m. and to bed earlier in the night time.
There are loud protests, you can be sure, because I don’t think I know of any child who is willing to call it quits in the evening and go to bed willingly especially if it is still light outside. They have been having the time of their lives, playing at all hours and not bedding down until way after dark.
Have you noticed while shopping in late July that school supplies were creeping into the stores? You think to yourself, is it time for that already?
Stores have been promoting their supplies of notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators and backpacks.
And, if you are senior in age, and you take notice of what a variety of items are being offered for students, you wonder how you ever got through with just a pencil box, a tablet with lines on it and perhaps a book bag. Mothers are dragging along their children trying to get them outfitted for school. Parents have a lot of courage and I give them a lot of credit when it comes to buying school clothes in this day.
And sometimes that’s just the beginning. Once they are in school, home they come with papers requesting all kinds of special equipment to use in classes as well as technical pieces of clothing and shoes for whatever extracurricular activities they want to be in. Then the dollars start to climb for all of these items plus money to help for special needs in school.
Today kids are not satisfied with just ordinary clothes. The want designer clothes with trademarks that gave them status. In my day we never wore jeans to school; the only denim we had were plain overalls we wore for chores on the farm
You mother or dad would just take you shopping and you could do it all in just one or two stores and you were satisfied with perhaps a few skirts, sweater or two, a couple of blouses and perhaps one or two dresses, depending on that budget for the year.
One pair of shoes would do, but then later there would have to be sneakers. Sometimes you would get a jacket for colder weather in the fall, but raincoats were something that not many girls would have and boys wouldn’t be caught dead in...back then. Sometimes boys wouldn’t even bother shopping with mom or dad for school clothes. Whatever they brought home they put on for school and that was it.
Things are much different today. In some homes, Mom hands her children a credit card with instructions about charging and the kids go off shopping by themselves. You no longer see moms with children in tow unless they are too young to shop, but as the day wears on they all have that dazed look, trying to match the budget with the wants of the sons or daughters.
College students are even worse. They have so many accessories they need for college and the wardrobe is quite another matter. In today’s world students have to have a job throughout the summer as well as on vacations or even part-time at college if for no other reason to have the proper dress, but to purchase books and all that goes with living in either a dorm or apartment.