Back to School: 1985 vs 2015

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After weeks of planning and prepping, The Dudes went back to school this week in a flourish of anxious tears and excited laughter.

The night before the first day, I lay in my 7-year-old's bed with him, talking about everything he was frightened about for the first day, and he asked me if I was scared when I went to second grade, too.

Honestly, I'm too old to remember, but I didn't want him to feel like a weirdo, so I told him I was. Based on what I know about myself, though, I was probably a blubbering mess of nervous just like him.

When I think back to my 80s back-to-school experiences, though, I feel like our anxiety level is really the only thing we had in common.

Sigh, kids these days.

Going Back to School 1985 vs 2015

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Going back to school in 1985 meant …

Your mom would go to Penny's and buy you a pair of school shoes. Unless your parents were broke, and then they'd go to Payless. Payless saddle shoes FTW.

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Going back to school in 2015 means …

Your parents will go to some overpriced sporting goods store and spend a ridiculous amount of money on some shoes with some famous person's name on it. Or they will buy you some schlumppy, fur-lined boots for hundreds of dollars. Or if they're into doing good, they will buy you some $50 slippers. Regardless, no one is getting shoes for less than 50 bucks.

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Going back to school in 1985 meant …

Your mom would have you stand outside for a photo, only to get them developed three months later and see that you aren't looking at the camera in a single photo.

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Going back to school in 2015 means …

Your mom will take 34 photos of you on her iPhone because you're “not smiling right.” She will post the best one on Instagram and tag you in it later.

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Going back to school in 1985 meant …

Your mom would pack your meat sandwich and your chips in your hard plastic lunch box with your hard plastic thermos, and you would hope it didn't roll around and crush everything, or you'd be eating Cheetoh dust at lunch time … again. 

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Going back to school in 2015 means …

Your mom will put your lunch in your Bento box and then slide it into your insulated bag. Not only will it be fresh and intact, but the temperature will be on point, too.

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Going back to school in 1985 meant …

Your school supply list was basically nonexistent because you needed the same thing you needed every year: some crayons, some paper, and some yellow no. 2 pencils. If you needed anything else, the school would have it, including all of the rubber cement you could ever hope for.

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Going back to school in 2015 means …

You need at least 38 glue sticks, 18 folders in all different colors, and a calculator that costs more than your lunch for the month.

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Going back to school in 1985 meant …

You would be excited about catching up with your friends because you missed them all summer and didn't get to chat with them much.

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Going back to school in 2015 means …

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You already know everything there is to know about the new kid, what everyone is wearing on the first day, and who didn't get their braces off like they were supposed thanks to social media. There are no surprises. 

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Back to School: 1985 vs 2015

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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