The sound a Trapper Keeper makes upon opening during the first class of the first day of school is the sound a hopeful heart makes at the start of any life adventure. Whether the “professional” style of Trapper Keeper (the stately navy, teal, or dusty rose nylon variety) or the “whimsical” (plastic with pink flamingoes or red race cars), a Trapper Keeper was a must for any serious student in our day.
Upon purchase, and at least three weeks before school actually began, it was imperative to lay in a store of fresh, white, college-ruled paper (remember when graduating to college-ruled was an exciting milestone)—divided by subject, of course. Also, one would tuck important items into the pockets and/or zippered pouches of the TK, depending on the degree of “souped-up” the model was. Pens, mechanical pencils, a “good” eraser, a small slip of paper with your new locker number and combination, mints, extra lunch money, a ruler…how divine, shopping for school supplies and meticulously planning for the year ahead!
A new, fully-loaded Trapper Keeper made for a promising start to the school year. Surely straight As would be earned this year, in addition to leads in school plays, making varsity volleyball, and landing a good, non-platonic date to the fall dance.
With a new Trapper Keeper glow, I start off on this blog venture. Today I can say with every confidence that I will post daily, will always be witty, and my posts will be evocative and inspiring.
What color was your Trapper Keeper?