Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Back to School Rituals

Posted August 25, 2009 9:41 a.m. EDT
Updated August 25, 2009 9:45 a.m. EDT

It’s back-to-school today for thousands of children on the traditional calendar in Wake County.


What do you remember about going back to school after summer break?  What were your rituals?  Please share.


I enjoyed shopping for school supplies at my parent’s store in downtown Morganton. My folks sold the best high quality school supplies in town and I loved the smell of wood shavings when sharpening my number 2 pencils. The big rectangular erasers also had a nice aroma as did the cartridge pens. Remember them?

Back to school day also meant a hearty breakfast.  Poached eggs were big at our house.  WRAL colleague Kelcey Carlson remembers French toast or pancakes embellished with her mom's "Good Morning" stamp on the first day of school.

What about you?  I'll send a CD prize to the person with the most interesting back-to-school ritual.