I remember with such clarity, the excitement and build-up of the first day of school. I may be in the minority, but I absolutely loved school. From elementary straight through to college, I loved learning; I loved the structure, the content and the opportunity to achieve and succeed. I was a total geek. And honestly? I miss it in a bad, bad way. As a child, this time of year brought so much excitement and anticipation. I thrived on the idea that every September (because back when I was a kid, the first day of school was always in September, not August) meant a fresh start and a clean slate. And if you've been reading my blog longer than a year, then you know how much I seriously dig "new beginnings".
As a child, I loved being able to pick out a new binder at the start of every school year. I loved the look and feel of a fresh notebook, the cover stiff and free of creases and any signs of wear. I loved having a supply of sharpened NO. 2 pencils and a stash of perfectly square Pentel erasers. I loved the stiffness of a new backpack and (in my younger years) a cool, new lunchbox. September rocked; it arrived with so much promise and potential.
So it should come as no surprise that even today, when I am well beyond the "first day of school" novelty years, the geeky acquisition of mechanical pencils, blank journals and a brand new Erin Condren Planner could bring me so much pleasure. But it does...and I have no shame about that.
I love this time of year; the precursor to Fall, Thanksgiving and then the pinnacle of it all: Christmas. We've had a few rainy days in the last couple of weeks; waking up to the sound of rain drumming on our roof and peering out our windows to skies the color of ash, I have to admit, it makes me incredibly happy. Although we don't really experience "Fall" out here by any stretch of the imagination, I am still super excited about the anticipated dip in temps---enough to warrant lightweight sweaters and jeans. Not exactly boots-and-scarves weather, but I'll take it.
I had a moment today while glancing at the date on my computer screen, where I kind of freaked out about the concept of TIME. I seriously don't know where the year went and how it can possibly be late August...and as much as I want to be baffled by this realization, I just can't. I'm too happy and too excited. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. And you know what that means, right?
Dude, it's almost Red Cup Season.
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