Weird Wednesday: First day of school.

Not for me. Those days are way behind me, although I have had many.

  • First day of nursery school (Pre-K they call it now). I came home and said I didn’t want to go anymore because all they did was play and I wanted to learn stuff.
  • First day of Kindergarten. My teacher was either a mean old lady or a sweet one. I don’t remember.
  • First day of Junior High (grade 7 and 8). After ruling the elementary school as grade sixers, we were at the bottom again.
  • First day of high school. We moved to a new town, so I had to start my whole life from scratch. Thanks, Dad. Again, had to start at the bottom of the food chain.
  • First day of college. Nothing like starting college not being of legal age to drink. I learned how to get around that.
  • First day of a new college. I transferred for some reason. But I could finally buy booze, so …
  • First day of another college. Sense a trend? I invented “pivoting” before it was trendy. Spent three years in one city.
  • First day of university. For the American readers, university and college are not the same. Canadian colleges offer diplomas in trades, arts, nursing/medical, etc. , while universities are for degree programs.
  • First day of university (again). Yeah, I graduated from the first one, but went back many years later because I missed the parties.

A lot of things have changed since that first first day.

  • Chalkboards became smartboards (no more breathing in chalk dust – that couldn’t have been good)
  • Getting the strap for misbeha— Whoa! Yeah, you can’t get away with that.
  • No technology, unless you count slide projectors and mimeographs (ahh, the smell of warm ink)
  • Inclusivity.

What hasn’t changed is that anyone no matter the age is excited and nervous on their first day.

Good luck, everyone. Make the best of your time in school.


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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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