The first day

A man in a button-down shirt sitting by a window - Bob Herse
Bob Herse

“Coming in the back door from the playground as the school opened on the first day and being dragged into Jean Pepper’s classroom by a girl named Catherine who demanded to be taught to read.  I hadn’t a clue how to do that.” – Bill Mutch


Annie Halton

“Earliest memory: the first day of school; I was five. I was worried that I didn’t have the right dress and hair ribbons because I had read a lot of books about the first day of school and I knew how important it was.

My mother was in the hospital having my baby sister, and I was upset because my daddy had to do my hair.

When he went to the hospital after dropping me off she asked him what my teacher was like. And he said, ‘She has five of them, and two were boys and two were girls, and one I couldn’t tell.'” – Karen Carr

Elena Deustua

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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