Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day and Childhood Memories!



I imagine everyone has memories of this holiday,picnics with family and friends or fall festivals. Maybe the last camping trip of the summer. I think a lot of people are just happy to be off work and spend time at home. I also have all those memories and they are dear to me. But the memories of my childhood always creep in this time of year. When I was growing up in Michigan,school always started the same day every year,the first Wednesday after Labor Day. Childlike,of course,it was a dread,but it also meant a new pair of shoes. Shoes weren't something we got every week like kids do today. It was special,I would get a new pair of leather shoes,usually penny loafers. It's funny but I can still remember the fragrance of the new leather,and of course we couldn't forget to buy taps to go on them so they would last longer,along with shoe polish for them. This is a special memory of mine that is nice to recall(everything but the blisters on the heels I got later from the shoes)but sad because it makes me hurt for the past. Oh,and I almost forgot,and 2 brand new bright shiny pennies to place in them. As years went by the pennies were replaced with a dime(I guess no one wanted to look cheap)but if I wore them today it would still be pennies for me. Well I just wanted to share that with anyone that might have a few different kinds of memories of Labor Days gone by. One other thing,I also had to get a cheap pair of Gym shoes every year,YUK.I hated gym class.Happy Labor Day to All!

5 comments:

  1. Oh I hate(d) gym class too! Funny how your smell can trigger such things!

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  2. I have a terrible memory for things like this, but I do remember that we started class after labor day instead of before. And I do remember penny loafers, although at one point I had to have ugly green/black saddle oxfords because I was pidgeon toed and they were corrective shoes, but I did put the taps on them because of wearing out certain areas of the shoes too soon. Do they even have those these days? And I don't think the excitement of getting new school supplies has every gone out of fashion! As for gym class, I have clear memories of hating it! Because I was pidgeon toed I was clumsy on my feet, so I was always picked last for anything requiring balance and speed!

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  3. I remember in grade 7 begging my mom for go-go boots. Some of my friends had them and she wouldn't get them for me - I was so upset. So in hindsight I am lucky there are no pictures of me in those boots.

    I enjoyed getting the new clothes and school supplies - I love arranging them and writing my name on them - guess that's why I still get a thrill shopping in an office supply store and I love buying stuff for our school.

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