Universal Symbol

I have been talking about my oldest son a great deal lately, and I wonder if my younger son, Daniel, is feeling a bit left out with all the attention on Bryan.  Nah, what am I thinking?!?!  Daniel is totally cool and nothing much fazes him.  In fact, he’s probably not looking forward to the attention turning back to him now because he has basically had free rein playing video games undisturbed all summer because we were so busy getting Bryan ready to go to college.  Now I  have informed him that he will have to give me double hugs and kisses because he is responsible for Bryan’s share now as well LOL!!!  Daniel is the joker of the family, and he advised us that he should now get more of everything since Bryan is away at school.  He’s funny isn’t he??

Anyway, the next couple of days will be devoted to Daniel because this is an important week for him too.  Today he starts Grade 11, and he has hand picked his courses this year to further his goal of a career in broadcasting – lots of history, law, and drama courses fill up his timetable as well as the mandatory english and math.  He is an excellent public speaker, and he has an amazingly deep voice and a sense of humour that constantly has us in stitches.  As he is also amazing with anything technology related, I think he will be great in broadcasting, whether it be in front of the camera or behind the scenes.  He is also taking computer engineering this year (a course people are often surprised to see in high school) and yearbook.  Yes, there is actually a class where the ultimate goal is to produce a great yearbook full of memories for the other students.  I know, times have changed right?

So, to celebrate the start of Grade 11 for Daniel I decided to post a photo of school lockers, which to me is one of the universal symbols of school life.  Who doesn’t remember memorizing a locker combination every year and filling the interior with photos, posters, and phone numbers.  Some lockers are neat and organized while others can cause people to faint from the odour of dirty laundry and rotting food just by opening the door, but whichever the case, this photo sure brings back a flood of memories for me that make me smile and miss the good old days!  How about you?

Good luck today Daniel.  I love you, and I know you will work hard and do awesome like you always do!!

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32 Responses to Universal Symbol

  1. Cool – I do associate lockers to american schools (movies taught me that 😉 )… but here in SA, we never used (or had) them!!! 🙂 **

    • No lockers? So, where did you put all your “stuff”? Did you have to carry everything around all day? And that means you had no place to hang pictures of sexy movie stars or hot guys from school that you had a crush on!!! What a drag :). LOL

      • Hahaha…. yes, we carried our suitcases with our textbooks etc with us!!! No biggy – we are used to that!!! Very strong people us South Africans… 😉 – we did decorate our pencil cases though!!! 🙂 **

      • That was too funny!!! You made me laugh out loud at work :). It’s so weird how you get so used to something that you can’t imagine it being any other way. I thought schools all over the world would have lockers. Here’s a funny story. In high school I was a Math freak, so I spent a lot of time hanging out with the Math teachers in the Math department. I used to go visit them in the morning before school when they were all reading the morning newspaper. One of the teachers used to love to check out the Sunshine Girl every day which was a full page photo of a “hot chick”. There was a Sunshine Boy too, and I used to complain that the girl was on Page 2 while the boy was somewhere at the back of the newspaper. One year on Valentine’s Day, this teacher cut the Sunshine Boy out of the newspaper (and he was particularly hot that day and dressed in skimpy red undies or something and holding a red heart balloon) and stuck it to the outside of my locker. It was hilarious!!! 🙂 So, lockers could be fun in many ways!!

      • beckyday6 says:

        Lol, I’m with Xandré! I always associate those lockers with American school from tv and movies. We don’t really get lockers here in England either really….we have to carry all our stuff in our bags!

      • You guys were sadly very deprived but probably have much bigger arm muscles than me!!

  2. I had a full locker in high school — and no one decorated them in those days–but the gym uniforms always gave them an odeur de gym – (French was not my best subject)–good luck to Daniel in grade 11

    • When I was in high school decorating your locker was the best part – well for girls anyway. I don’t think guys did much. The inside of a locker could really tell you something about the person!! 🙂 Thanks for the good luck wishes for Daniel! He looked so handsome this morning :). Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. It’s Daniel’s 16th birthday, and I guarantee my blog tomorrow will make you laugh until you cry!!!

  3. bulldogsturf says:

    Good luck to your son on grade 11… another couple of years then hes off to collage I assume… damn, then that house will be empty… sorry about that, just thinking back so many years ago… how time flies… when the last one flew the coop it was terrible.. I was prepared to adopt just to get some noise back in the house and the wife’s attention off all my bad habits that the kids had masked for so many years…

    • Bad habits? You have bad habits?? I don’t believe it!!! LOL Anyway, I have already warned the younger children that live on both sides of us that I may have to kidnap them occasionally! Their parents quite liked the idea :).

  4. zelmare says:

    Awesome! I would love to meet your boys, they sound like amazing people. 🙂 And I agree, teenagers really have an unreal sense of humor! 🙂 Nope, sorry to say, lockers do not evoke any memories…we never had them… Pity though, I think it would have made life a lot easier.

  5. zannyro says:

    Good luck to your young man!! Your image brought back memories and reminded me of my recurring dream…I dreamed it THIS week….I get to my locker and I have NO idea what the combination is…I hate this dream 🙂

  6. sayvan says:

    Were the lockers not larger in our day?

    • Ya, the ones in the photo are all half lockers. I’m pretty sure I had full length lockers in high school. We were really lucky when you read some of these other comments. I had no idea that lockers are only a north american thing!

      • sayvan says:

        Mine was covered in pictures of Farrah Fawcett on the inside door….. oh yeah… a young boys dream!

      • Yes, I’m sure she was inside many young boys’ lockers :). You see, you’ll always remember your locker. They were a big thing for us. That’s where we would tell people to meet us, where we would stand and gab, and where we kept all our really important stuff! Unfortunately, the kids nowadays tend to use them to store things the police dogs don’t like!! LOL

  7. Tammy says:

    oh no! The lockers will now haunt me tonight when I sleep. I use to have this reoccurring dream of forgetting my locker combination… LOL

  8. ladyfi says:

    Daniel sounds like a very funny and warm kid!

  9. dorannrule says:

    Both of your sons are lucky fellas Cindy! And I love Daniel’s sense of humor – getting more of everything now that Bryan’s off to school- Ha! Daniel is no dope. 🙂

  10. benzeknees says:

    Our lockers were ugly & grey & full. We weren’t allowed to decorate them though. But I can tell you, no one had to cut locks off to search them for drugs & guns.

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