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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Labor Day Memories Back to School

The Olive Tree Genealogy blog encouraged me with the Labor Day and Back to School Theme.

When I was a kid I remember how excited I was about getting new clothes for school. I really liked the smell of notebook paper and the pearly pink erasers. My mom bought lots of supplies because the was a teacher and I loved to look in her teaching cabinet and play with the felt board shapes. I think she may have kept one in there just for me and hid the one she actually used for class.

I liked the smell of new inky typewriter ribbon too. My grandmother allowed me to plunk away on her typewriter which she kept in her office for writing children's books and human interest newspaper columns for the Racine Journal Times. I remember how messy carbon paper was and how I always got it all over my hands. In those typewriter days, you used a typewriter to make a quick copy and you used a sheet of paper with ink on it that made an impression on the paper below and that was your copy.

Today, Even though I am a college grad, I still love composition books purchased at the back to school sales, I have one for genealogy society meetings, one for writing, one for church, one for Internet Genealogy, business books and lastly I have a mom's idea book that I keep in my car for those hard to remember inspirational moments, when the flicker of imagination is sparked or quotes I enjoy from a well written novel.

I like to scribble and draw so, another item I like to buy are the Crayola "Twistables" because of the rich colors and you don't have to sharpen them. I use these to create my "paper quilts".