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School Supplies

I glanced out my window watchin' kids plod along to school today.
I recalled my school days and how things have changed along the way
I watched the little fellers hunched over with their over-loaded packs.
'Tis a wonder the little dudes don't develop a twitch in their sacroiliacs!

I wore overalls and shoes that I was told by Mom I'd better not scuff!
Nowadays, kids are sportin' Rebok shoes and all kinds of fancy stuff!
If they don't have the latest and greatest, they're bound to pitch a snit!
Appearances mean everything even to kindergartners, on the face of it!

To begin school in days of yore, I was required to supply a pot of glue,
Couple of No. 2 pencils with erasers, ruler, ink and a ruled pad or two.
Wrapped in a newspaper for lunch, a baloney sandwich and apple for a snack.
When my grandkids showed me their list of supplies, I nearly had a cardiac!

Included were - a backpack, Rigatoni noodles, crayons and composition books,
A cell phone, calculator, protractor and for reading, one of those fancy Nooks,
Facial tissues, scissors, a ruler, colored pencils, pencil sharpener and erasers,
Elmers glue, Ziploc bags, a ream of paper and plastic dividers to use as spacers!

One change of clothes in case of accident to include underwear, pants and socks,
Disinfectin' wipes, three-ring binders and a padlock for individual locker locks!
I am caused to pause and ponder how we "oldies" got a solid education,
Sans all the geegaws and fancy frills that are now required for graduation!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 8/21/2012 8:23:00 AM

    Robert you are so right. Are students interested in a good education or how many unnecessary items they have in their bags? Certainly all the kids will grow into a bunch of hunch back individuals. i spent $50 dollars by school supplies. Ugh! When we were young, we survived without cell phones and computers, ect. Wouldn't it be nice to reverse the time machine? i hope you have a wonderful day. God bless you.

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 5:35:00 PM

    Yes, so true bob - children have not home made or inherited clothes today - they have money in the pocket not home made lunch packed - and all other school matiale they MUST have - it is expensive to have school children today. - Have a lovely weekend bob. - oxox love // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 2:51:00 PM

    lol, yes, so true, Bob. Enjoyed, my friend - hope you are both well and enjoying the Olympics still

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 10:45:00 AM

    hahaha so true,great one Robert love it,fav

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 10:40:00 AM

    I know that list goes on and on doesn't it..Things that the school used to supply now the children have to take..They have to have hand sanitizer, tissues, hand soap, pencil sharpeners plus much much more...Great topic and presentation..Good you are back..Sara

  1. Date: 8/10/2012 9:23:00 PM

    Great job, Sarge. Awersome. Enjoyed. Nice going. Check your E-Mail. All the best to you and Vera. God bless. Ralphie

  1. Date: 8/10/2012 11:56:00 AM

    This is an awesome rhyme. I enjoyed reading your latest poems. Looking forward to read more.

  1. Date: 8/9/2012 5:04:00 PM

    Times have definately changed. Good write... Makes me think...

  1. Date: 8/9/2012 4:47:00 PM

    Robert--this brings back memories and is fun. I was never in the military, but have associated with many who were in my day job. I look forward to reading more of your work!

  1. Date: 8/9/2012 9:50:00 AM

    Awesome write, Great Work!!And it is so true.... Hugs Laila

  1. Date: 8/9/2012 6:26:00 AM

    memories, memories, thanks Robert, brilliant.

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 7:32:00 AM

    A smashing write and so true I take one of my great nephews to school now and then and his bag is bigger than him, its need its own seat belt in the car xx

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 6:35:00 AM

    a wonderful playback when life was simpler and more innocent, when play was with real people and NOT gadgets... a winsome yet deep write, robert!..:) hugggs!

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 10:41:00 PM

    Hi Bob, you caught my attention with your title! This is a wonderful write!! My son and I are getting ready for kindergarten, and yes, the list of school supplies is a mile long! I'm glad he has to wear a uniform to school. At least I'm saved from worrying about the "latest and greatest" clothes! LOL...enjoyed reading your poem tonight. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 6:14:00 PM

    Yes, these poor kids nowadays! I feel sorry for them, but I remember those old days when I was in school, I didn't have much more than you did either! I had crayons for my list though, I do remember that! We never had to worry about pencil sharpeners because each classroom had one in it! Plus a real BLACK chalkboard! Anyway, thanks for the memories my friend! Awesome write, Great Work!!