Monday, September 15, 2008

Twenty Miles in the Snow

Whew! More than a month without posting. Blogging and summer just don't mix for me. For one thing, good weather is scarce here in Pamplona, so I have to take advantage while I can (and since I don't have a laptop, it's either sun or blog). We've been home a week and the rain is already back. We're even thinking of putting on the heating, because it is COLD! I am so not ready for this.

Anyway, the kids are back at school. Most of their books are covered with that horrible plastic wrap, new shoes have been bought and we've spent a small fortune on all those "necessary" school supplies. When I was a kid we used to get two pencils and an eraser, but these days kids carry around enough stuff to stock a small stationery store. So many supplies, yet kids are worse at spelling than ever. I guess now is when I'm supposed to start with, "When I was young I walked 20 miles though the snow to get to school, both ways (which is pretty amazing considering the fact that I grew up in Southern California)." Or maybe that should be 32.18688 kilometers. Back then we had to learn the metric system as well as the imperial system since everything was supposed to be converted by the 90's...*cough*...yeah, right. Now what was my point again? Oh yeah, we used to do all that with just two pencils and an eraser...how did we ever manage? Well, at least it wasn't a complete waste of time since everything in Europe is metric...except TV screens, which for some annoying reason are measured in inches.

Okay, I'll stop now. Enough of going off on metric tangents and ranting about how damn expensive school is these days. And while I could probably make up some pretty good lies stories about the hardships of my own school days, I really shouldn't add more garbage to what's already floating around the Internet.

* Get your free pencils here! Okay, they're not really giving out free pencils, but you will get some free laughs.

20 comments:

  1. You had an eraser? Wow! When I was in school we weren't allowed to make mistakes!


    Welcome back.

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  2. Hey! Nice to see you back! Glad to hear you had a good and little bit sunny summer =) (I live in the West of Scotland so I empathise. It rained every single day of August.)

    My great-grandfather looked after the deer on a big estate so my grandmother grew up in the middle of a forest. She not only walked miles to school, she walked them ... barefoot. It's not that they couldn't afford boots, she had 'em, but she wanted to keep them nice so every day she'd carry them and then put them on before she got to school.
    I never heard this story til long after my grandmother died and it makes me sorry I didn't get the chance to know her better. (She died when I was 6.)

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  3. Boy, I wouldn't have guessed the Pamplona was more miserable than MN in the summer. I hear you on those "necessary" items. Do 7th graders really need a graphing calculator?

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  4. you had pencils? by golly i had to chip my homework into a rock using a chisel. you were so lucky.

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  5. i went to school with a girl who liked to lick her pencils. she's touch her tongue to the pencil lead before writing. she did it so often, i think it was habit. i had a feeling it wasn't good for her, but i tried it once too. doh! just once.

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  6. Welcome back! I too am buried in the books etc...love how they cannot seem to get all the books in before the kids go to school. Nice planing that. I don't plastic wrap and no one has called me on it yet. NEVER will I plastic wrap. Ridiculous. I still have to go out and buy all sorts of stationary stuff....maybe tomorrow night.

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  7. So, back for another school year of blogging? ;) Say hi to Zhu, I'm one of your classmate!

    Sorry, shitty humor tonight. I'm back to school as a teacher and that sucks!

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  8. Metric? I don't know...somehow running the 1500 meters isn't the same feeling as running the mile. There was just something special about that distance...

    ps - Welcome back...stop having a real life, will ya?

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  9. so glad you´re back! Hmmmm, I remember all kinds of school supplies we needed to get when I was little. But we didn´t have to buy books, that was good.

    Weird but when I lived in AZ I craved the rain, here I hate it, and in Seville it really doesn´t rain that often. Oh well, if rain means more blogging from you, I´m happy when it rains in Pamplona.

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  10. oh yes i've been incredibly MIA as well. glad you are back so I can stay connected with Pamplona...:0

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  11. You had two pencils? Oh, wait, I had two as well; one for schoolwork and one for writing notes in class. I think we had to share the eraser, though ... Or was that gum?

    Great to have you back to blogging. I wish we could get some rain here in Ontario...

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  12. We did with even less then the two pencils. Our pen and ink was supplied by the school and all we had to bring was an "inktlap" This was to clean the ink of the pen and it consisted of a bunch of colored pieces of cloth sewn together at the top.First there were homemade ones but later they became fancier (different materials and colors) and you could buy them.So then you got "mine is fancier then yours"etc. Glad you are back though, I missed you! I always like to see what you're writing about even if I don't always get it!Must be because I'm the older generation. Hope to hear from you again soon. love, Mem

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  13. Good to see you back. Lucky for me I get to wait until the school stuff starts for us. It does look like Joseph is going to start this year afterall, but I don't think they require much for preschool. ;)

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  14. you could tell a story about having to walk 5 miles in the smog or in 110 degree weather (uh..what's that in celcius?) i grew up in glendora..ugh, now in oakland til we get our house Galicia. bet you're glad to be out of suburbia!

    enjoy the blog..thanks.

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  15. Hi Theresa, and I do believe this is my first time commenting at your blog. I'm an American living in Spain, too - only I happen to reside on the Mediterranean coast, in Valencia. It's nice to know I'm not alone! :)

    E.

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  16. uh-oh, it's another month. You're getting as bad as I am. I can't understand with all your free time why you can't post daily??? ;)

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  17. Hello there beautiful!!!!
    So glad that even though you aren't around (just as I am not) that you still make your rounds! I miss blogging. I'm still trying to figure out how to change my template like the one you had before this one. (Fall)
    That would help me become obsessed with blogging again I think. I've gotta research the how to. :0)
    Can't wait for winter!

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  18. Hey, you haven't been posting much, but you just commented, so you're still out there, eh?

    I've missed you, honeylady.

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  19. The rain is also falling in Tenerife!

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