Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Monica Faram

August 21, 2011

Monica Faram: Back to school nightmares

Advertisements all over are fluttering around those three little words every child under the age of 18 hates to hear in August: back. to. school.

Well, not all students hate to hear those words, but the majority do.

When I was in school I looked forward to going back and giving my social life a kick. Summer can be pretty boring if you don’t have a driver’s license.

Back to school also meant accidents for me.

The day before I started high school there was a youth event at my church. I took a few friends and as we were leaving, I ran up and jumped on the back of one of my guy friends. Unfortunately he didn’t know I was coming, and I slid right down his back, crushing my flip-flop-clad foot.

Ouch.

My mom didn’t think it was that bad and sent me to school the first day limping. She regrets that decision now, as we went to the doctor that night and discovered it was broken.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to have surgery, put on a cast or anything of the such. I just had to wear a huge boot that went halfway up my leg. And use crutches. My first week of high school.

Oh the shame.

Then there was the year that I decided that I had to have my hair dyed before school started.

That adventure, too, happened the night before school started.

While the look we were going for was a cool blonde, I ended up looking older than my grandmother with a full head of white hair.

Luckily we got into the stylist the next morning and I only missed a few classes that first day.

I still stand by the theory that brunettes should never go blonde to this day.

On that note, I’ve also had hair shades ranging from black to pink ... don’t ask.

It’s good to know that I am not alone in funny or somewhat embarrassing back-to-school stories.

When asked about it on our Times-Review Facebook page, several readers shared their stories.

Virginia Cook said “How about being the mom called at work on the first day of school, first day of pre-k, because your child is in the principal’s office for showing off his new underwear?”

Some on the other hand, had the same weary feeling that many first-time school-goers have on the first day of school.

“My first day of kindergarten I asked the teacher for the day off cause I wasn’t ready yet,” Chris Jackson posted. “My family still talks about it when ever school starts back up.”

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