Going Back To School Part One: The Early Years

We’ve reached that point in the year when summer holidays have come to end and it’s time to go back to school. Am I the only person who hated seeing the “back to school” promotions in the shops that started pretty much the same time as the schools went on the summer break? Other than that, what was I like at school? Let’s find out…

Even today, I still get a shiver down my spine when I see the “back to school” posters…

Wickedness in a window display…
Of course, the fear of going back to school didn’t happen until later in my school life because when I reached the age where I was ready to start Primary school (Junior, Infant, Elementary) I was one of those very excited kids.

Although I can’t remember much of those early days I do recall being dressed up all smart and I can definitely remember my first school bag…

I enjoyed learning and I enjoyed interacting with the other kids. I wouldn’t say I ever had a best friend, I seemed to drift between groups. I wasn’t one of the popular kids but neither was I one of the outsiders, I think I was just average and there is nothing wrong with average. I was probably more confident during those years and it wasn’t until my teenage years that I became more shy.

The good old days but with bad hair and bad teeth…
I was fortunate that I was never bullied as such. Of course, there was sometimes name calling but I was no angel either – I had my fair share of fights, I gave as good as I got and thinking back I’m almost ashamed of some of my actions. Fact – kids can be cruel and at some point every one of us have been guilty of it.

All my teachers were brilliant and I respected them all. I used to love writing short stories and the teachers really encouraged this and some even took time at the end of the day to read them out to the rest of the class…

The school was just at the end of my street so I never had far to walk to get there. Myself and other kids from my street often used to sneak in out of school hours and make the most of the large empty playground to ride on our bikes or play on our roller skates.

I don’t keep in touch with anybody from those days and as for the school buildings they too have long gone.

Sometimes I see posts from the occasional person on Facebook and I feel a tinge of regret about that fact.

Sometimes I see posts from the occasional person on Facebook and I wonder why I’ve even kept them on my Facebook!

People always say that your school days are the best days of your life and it’s true – you just don’t realise it at the time.

So, once I’d got through that period of seven years in my life how would I cope with the next seven…at “Big School”? Find out in Part Two.

Since music evokes memories for me more than anything else can, it’s no surprise that I’ve got a playlist that has songs that remind me of my early school days…


What about you? What were you like at school and what are your memories? I’d love to hear them!

For more randomness take a look at my Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube accounts…





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