Monday, August 27, 2012
The German Schultüte tradition involves giving children a cone filled with goodies on their first day of school. In Germany, where the grades are grouped a little differently in their respective schools, students get their Schultüte on the first day of school at their primary school. That would be the equivalent of first grade in the U.S. When Fritz was a child, the Schultüte was filled to the brim with candy by parents. The way Fritz tells the story, it was given to the child in the morning, before school, and was not to be eaten until after school. Essentially: it was a bribe intended to sweeten the first day of school. Schultüten lined the halls of the first grade on the first day of school, waiting to be taken home and eaten up by their expectant recipients. Can you imagine? Because I can't really....
This year we gave Noah his own Schultüte. It seemed like the right time: even though this is (American) Kindergarten, it is his first day at the primary school where he will spend the next 6 years. We filled ours with mostly school supplies and a little bit of candy. (I suspect less-candy-and-more-school-supplies is what the modern German parent does, too.) Truth is, he didn't need any bribing, he was so excited and so happy to go to 'the big kid school.'