I remember the excitement of preparing for going back to school, at least in my later elementary school years and beyond. Mom would take us shopping for new shoes and we'd get new school clothes and school supplies. We'd shop for shoes at Patterson Jones in downtown Valdosta. I loved shopping for shoes. I remember Mom would let me wear my new shoes home from the shoe store, but I had to put them away when we got home to save them for the first day of school.
I remember one year, I got a new pair of saddle oxford shoes. I loved them but they looked too new! I wanted to wear them before school started to scuff them up so they wouldn't be such a bright white. They looked huge on my big feet.
|Saddle Oxford shoes |
(By Paul A Hernandez [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons)
|Here I am with my 4th grade classmates. I loved that little sailor dress!|