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Dazed days

By Debra Dobbins


 

"Daze” is still the operative word for many Western Slope students on Day Two of the new school year.

Used as a noun in the headline above, it means bewilderment, “as by a shock or blow,” according to Webster’s.

After the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, many students are understandably dazed. After all, they’ve had to figure out the combinations to their lockers, locate new classrooms, meet new teachers, learn classroom procedures and cram into their backpacks such necessities as textbooks, course syllabi, gym shoes, and, of course, combs and cell phones.

“School daze” is a play on words, taken from “school days,” a time-honored allusion to the song by the same name. Will Cobb and Gus Edwards wrote the song in 1907, well over a century ago.

According to Wikipedia, the song is about “a mature man and woman looking back sentimentally on their lifelong friendship and their days in primary school.”

Wikipedia adds that the best-known part of the song is its chorus:

“School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful, barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate, "I Love You So"
When we were a couple o' kids”

While slates and hickory sticks aren’t in modern-day schools, let’s trust that the Golden Rule still is.
 

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