The process involves lots of yelling on the back end of the day (to get in bed) and lots of yelling on the front end of the day (to get the eff up). I was still screaming last May and by then I should’ve had the process down. It is sad that my kids begin and end their day with me screaming at them – making a mental note to knock it off.
The end of summer also triggers memories of some elementary school “had to haves”. Each back-to-school season, the nostalgia washes over me and although I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, some of the most frivolous of memories remain etched onto my brain.
I don’t remember many trends from junior high and high school because we had moved on to very boring mainstream stuff that is back in style today – cutoff Levi’s from Goodwill, Ray Ban aviators, anything from J Crew, low top Converse, Tretorns and Izod shirts (what the hell happened? we called them Izod and now it’s Lacoste?). All are back in style today, which is so lame.
Here are some vintage “had to haves” from my elementary school days (mine was kindergarten through 6th grade) that I remember so vividly. All of these were affordable and oh-so-memorable.
- Plastic charm necklace – So tacky yet so wonderful.
- Village Lip Lickers lip gloss – I remember the smell, the taste and how the tin top slid off.
- Roller ball lip gloss – Now, I do not remember it being called “Kissing Potion” but this clear, syrupy sweet lip gloss in the funky roller ball dispenser was the bomb.com. Why did my parents let their 6 year old wear something called “Kissing Potion”? Inappropriate.
- Braided ribbon barrettes – If you were a girl and had hair and lived in Easley, SC then you wore these in elementary school.
- Swatch watches – Unless you were a total loser, then you had at least 2 that you wore on the same arm at the same time.
- Friendship pins – If you were a girl and you had friends, you had friendship pins and you created a butt load of your own and gave them to your girlfriends.
- Poodle skirt – We were all about the poodle skirt in elementary school. We wore it with a button down shirt with rolled up sleeves, white rollover socks and white Keds. This trend makes me want to barf so I’m not as nostalgic about it because I think it’s stupid. However, like a good little 80’s soldier I wore this silly get-up with pride.
Smarties, what “had to haves” were on your list back in they day?