There is a tradition in Germany that I find lovely. When the children begin primary school, a party is organized to welcome them. It usually happens a few days before the actual school start and they all arrive with their Schultüte.
Well, Second Daughter almost arrived empty handed, as I was absolutely unaware of this custom! Fortunately, Sexy Hubby came to the rescue and explained to me that we had to buy one and fill it with small school supplies, sweets, chocolates and little presents. I had been wondering why all the shops were swamped with these strange cone-shaped objects, finally I knew!
I showed Second Daughter the chosen photo for this post. She looked a bit nostalgic, and then smiled. When asked how she felt about that day, she replied that it was a fantastic souvenir for her. I remember how she was beaming the whole time, loving every minute of it even though at the time she could hardly understand, let alone speak any German.
Her Schultüte now lies in her memory trunk. One day she will perhaps explain the tradition to her own child, or it might even be her turn to go out and purchase one.
You will find more back to school stories here: Sticky Fingers.