Readers share their back-to-school memories

  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 1:41 PM

On the day before most Minnesota students head back to classrooms, we’ve asked readers to share their best (and worst) school stories.

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Just saying the words “back to school” can stir excitement or dredge up a sense of dread worthy of a visit to the principal’s office. And there’s something about those first-day memories that won’t quit. They become the stuff of long-lasting memories, sometimes even family lore.

On the day before most Minnesota students head back to classrooms, we’ve asked readers to share their best (and worst) school stories.

A year in a day

Our 5-year-old son was so excited about going to kindergarten that he could talk of nothing else the summer before. The first day of school, he bounded out of bed, anxious to get ready.

The next day, I nudged him from sleep saying “Jake, it’s time for school.”

He replied “What? I have to go again?”

 

Judi Tomczik, Shakopee

 

Falling for it

I was living away from home for the first time in Gage Towers at Mankato State University. One day, I was in my dormitory room when I heard a male’s voice in the hallway announce, “Man on floor!” I thought, “Poor man, he must have fallen.”

A few days later, I heard the same voice call out again, “Man on floor!” I peeked out of my dorm room and saw a maintenance worker walking down the hallway. All of a sudden it struck me: This was an all-girls dorm. The worker was just announcing his presence.

Chalk it up to being a naive 17-year-old — and living in an all-girls dormitory.

 

Barb Sorensen, Minneapolis

 

 

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