Sharp pencils, new backpack, uncomfortable shoes: It must be the first day of school.
Calabasas' students headed back to class Wednesday and if you didn't know it ahead of time, there'd be no doubt when you saw the parade of children and their parents filling sidewalks surrounding campuses and cars backed way up the street to get near a school.
At Bay Laurel Elementary, where the Calabasas traffic safety coordinator Deputy D. Heulson was making sure drivers weren't violating basic safety laws, traffic was hopping, but not crazy.
"This school has a bit of an issue because there's only one way in and one way out, but for the first day, it's not that bad," he said.
He had to explain to a few drivers they couldn't park on the side of the road in the middle of a crosswalk leading directly to the school or stop "for just a little while" in a red zone, but most of the time, he got to watch children and their parents trudging up the Paseo Primario hill from Parkway Calabasas, where cars were parked as much as a quarter mile down the way.
He also got to watch as parents, almost as excited as their children, whipped out cameras and cell phones to snap pictures of students on their first day of class.
If you're one of those people who took pictures at any of Calabasas' schools yesterday, consider adding to our Back to School photo gallery.
Or why not indulge in some old fashioned nostalgia?
In addition to submitting back-to-school photos you took of your children Wednesday morning, post one of yourself years ago by clicking on the "Upload photos & videos" link below the picture.