Is it me, or am I the only one who LOVES shopping for back to school supplies?! The fresh smell of crayolas, the trusted pointiness of number 2 pencils, and the sharp, clean lines of new notebooks. Limitless potential abounds… what will these small tools help our littles create this year?
There is a simultaneous sadness and excitement at the beginning of a new school year as the summer inevitably wanes. Melancholy, because we only get so many summers with our little ones. No more lazy mornings, mid-day popsicles, and T-ball games. No more summer carnivals and Wednesday night sleepovers at Grandma’s house. Pools prepare to close and the neighborhood parks await the colder fall that is sure to decrease their playful summer populations. There is also a noted elation in kids at the start of a new school year, with so much coming to learn and do. New teachers and friends and favorite character backpacks. Schedules and socializing and fundraisers, oh my! Anxious anticipation of new experiences and engagement within the community. It is certainly easier to feel connected to others when we are surrounded by our familiar school routines every day.
I let both of these feelings wrap us in their late summer embrace, but admittedly I tend to lean more towards the excited outlook. Fall has always been my favorite season, and I look forward to crisp autumn air, pumpkin farms, and Halloween. Just around the corner, indeed.
For those of you who will miss their summer just a bit more than our fall-obsessed family, I hope that you were able to make some wonderful memories with your family and friends. May you soak up the last warm rays of the year, and enjoy these wonderful late sunsets before they are gone.
If you need me, I will be in the school supply isle enthusiastically helping my littlest pick out his superhero backpack for Pre-K. Then perhaps we can make it to the beach for one last hurrah before the summer officially sets on August.
“August is like the Sunday of summer” – Unknown Author