Full disclosure time, guys. I’ve just turned 20. This is horrifying not because I still can’t buy my own alcohol (goddammit, so close), but because I do not know where the last year went. Until a week before my birthday I accidentally, yet consistently, told people that I was 18. Without noticing it, I have become an Adult College Student Type Person, also known as Old. I was still coming to terms with this realization when I noticed that the bookstore stocks several things I haven’t needed for 10 years. Nostalgia, ahoy!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be decorating my pencil case with glitter and kitty stickers.
1. Elmer’s Glitter Glue
While glitter glue was never officially on a school supply list, it always made it appearance in art class around Valentine’s Day. Nothing creates fond memories quite like a decorating a paper bag for the cards your classmates would be forced to give you. Or finding flecks of said paper bag decorations in your book bag months later.
2. Crayola Finger Paint
Regressing even further with another art class staple: finger paint. The gross, somewhat gluey smell! The total inaccuracy of the bottle’s “no spills” guarantee! The essentially useless array of primary colors that turn muddy brown when they run together! Painting your family and house for the 80th time!
3. Puzzle Erasers
If the teacher didn’t confiscate or ban “toy” erasers, they created a vortex of distraction that put classwork far behind trading and playing with them. Who cared if you got that math problem wrong when you could erase your answer with a T. Rex?
4. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers
The most sought-after markers in the communal box, despite their inferior coloring ability and inaccurately labelled scents. Always nearly dried out, scented markers carried the hope that your picture might smell like what it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, this never actually happened unless you used the Black Licorice one, in which case your poor drawing reeked.