I once used the term ‘OLD SCHOOL’ in a somewhat pejorative manner.  I would call people who weren’t doing well with leadership changes, not keeping pace with technology, or just not ‘with it’, OLD SCHOOL.

I now regret both using that term and thinking that way! 

In retirement I am embracing the term OLD SCHOOL in new ways. I like this definition:

Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect

Urban dictionary

I had fun the other day coming up with my own list of my OS (OLD SCHOOL) favorites in no particular order:

  • A moleskin paper calendar – I am finally moving back to paper and letting my Google calendar go. Our daughter has also used a moleskin calendar for years.
  • Longchamp bags – still my go to bag.  I love the weight, colors, and weather resistant material
  • Cetaphil face wash – my friends and I use this reliable and gentle cleanser that works for everyone
  • Betty Crocker Cookbook – mine is from 1978 (the year we were married).  It’s had so much use the pages are falling out
  • Murchie’s tea – this Canadian company has been around since 1894 and its tea is a must buy on every trip to Canada
  • Music and movies from the 40’s – 60’s – including White Christmas and a Charlie Brown Christmas of course!

My OS list is longer, but I will stop there.  My friend would also add books on paper to her list.

I then made a list of things that are standing the test of time for me, but don’t quite qualify as OS:

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery



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