The start of a new school year is deeply nostalgic, calling to mind days of shiny school shoes, stiff new backpacks, and of course, fresh, unsharpened pencils. We remember the promise of a new grade, our names written on boards in the teacher's elegant cursive, and making first impressions. We asked some of our fans what their favorite back to school memories are (and almost immediately launched into a discussion of 90s nostalgic like Yikes! pencils and Trapper Keeprs), and here are some of our favorites.
Johnny (of Erasable and Pencil Revolution): "Learning, on the first day of first grade in Catholic school, that A) my name is not Johnny, but John; and B) I have a last name."
Andy (of Erasable and Woodclinched): "Yikes!"
Michael: "Back to school in Ireland means new Columbus pencils and too-big school uniforms ("You'll grow into it")."
Toffer: "Can I just plagiarize episode two of season five of The Wonder Years? Specifically this scene?"
Caitlin (Deputy Pencil Lady): "My favorite back to school memory was the first day of first grade, hilariously piling in my mom's Geo Metro with my older brother, baby sister, and the two neighbor kids my mom watched daily. Five kids, three car seats, two blocks. I can't remember why we didn't walk! That, and new school outfits - jean skorts and my amazing bowl cut."
Walter: "About back to school, I tend to think of it more of it when I was at Bic, than when I was at school. 7 day weeks, 18 hour days, huge phone bills, but it was fun (some of the time)."
Caroline (Chief Pencil Lady): "I grew up in rural Ohio so we'd drive 2 hours to the nearest Target just to get the good school supplies. We also got to buy a new outfit for the first day of school. In 5th grade I wore a particularly memorable pantsuit we found on sale at Talbots made out of periwinkle raw silk with little flowers embroidered along the hem. I was an adorable loser."
Emil: "Receiving a handpicked assortment of pencils and goodies from Japan."
Chloe (Pencil Lady):"At my school growing up they gave us a set of pencils with our names embossed on them at the beginning of the academic year in an attempt to encourage our pencil use. When I started working at the shop and I saw the pencil stamping machine and it immediately made me thing of the pencils we received at school. I took it as a sign."
Andre (Neighbor): "Not going to school."