At the end of 2009, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was too young in the 1980s to experience the wrath of the backlash against feminist achievements, but the revival (and worse, implementation) of Reagan-era policies and ideas in the first decade of the 21st century shattered my faith in humanity. I know that the arrival of a new decade and political cycle doesn't mean that progress is back in terms of feminism and gender (history is a pretty good indication that another anti-woman, anti-gender equality shit storm will hit again), but at least the attack on women's rights and gender issues is not relentless right now.
It always amazes me when Staples starts running that "most wonderful time of the year" ad because kids are going back to school and their parents are so happy. As we whose kids are grown and gone know, those summers are irretrievable treasures. I was thinking about all that and suddenly, oddly in fact, remembered my own favorite "back to school" memory.