As today is the first day of school for many, let's go back in memory. Not necessarily the first day of first grade, although I do remember my such day, but anything interesting on the first of day of school of any grade. The main thing I remember first day of frist grade was that I was not given any lunch money, nor a lunch to bring, because my parents had the idea we would just be charged later for it. They both had gone to little country schools where they may not have even had food service. So I told the teacher I would just do without lunch, but she wouldn't hear of it; so it was charged and paid for the next day, with that same day's lunch. Otherwise, it was my first experience riding a bus, and I thought it felt 'real high up' and liked the ride. Oh well, as there is only one last day of high school, there is only one first day of first grade. The beginning and the end. The most significant other first day was probably the fifth grade, when our school opened a new building. The classroom was 'modern' and very different from the old wing of the school. Our new room had tile floors instead of hardwood, a sink and water fountain, and blinds instead of old shades. But it was separated from an adjacent room only by 3 wooden panels set up on what looked like sawhorses, and we could hear the room next door almost as well as our own. Later, these were replaced by a heavy plastic curtain, which would be opened for when the teacher's aid came for a 15 minute break each morning. This might be a lousy topic idea, but do we have any interesting first day stories to share?