What is it about September? Why does it feel like a fresh start? A do-over? A time to begin again? To restart that New Year’s resolution?
When my kids were little, we would play all summer–go, go, going- and there was always a little part of me that was ready for them to get back to school so that we could have a normal schedule again. Then they all graduated.
And yet, I still have that feeling, that yearning, for September and a schedule. And school supplies.
We would make that trek to Target for school supplies when my kids were young. It was always so fun for them. And me. We would come home, go to our study, all four get into the floor, with a marker in-hand and start making the three piles. I remember these days well.
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms,” Joe Fox types to Kathleen Kelly, the Shopgirl, in an email in You’ve Got Mail.
Doesn’t everyone love school supplies in September?
There is something about the pens, the notebooks and the post-it notes. As an adult, they still get to me and I want to grab them all. I find myself strolling the “back-to-school” isle at Target every year. Even though I have no one to buy school supplies for any longer. These days, I love the planners, stickers and washi tape. And still the pens–definitely the pens.
I suppose when you grow-up, the school supply-lover becomes an office-supply lover?
A pretty desk makes this office supply-lover very happy.
And then there is that part of September that makes you want to be better—our second-January. I always use this time to try to eat better and start walking again (because in Texas it is really too hot to walk in the summer!). You can re-evaluate that NYR that quite possibly failed.
A great way to refresh your mind, start something new, is to learn. Go back to those school days, but this time, as an adult, you can learn whatever you are interested in.
Learn to hand-letter beautifully. Learn to grow succulents.
Learn to sew. Learn a new adventurous recipe. Learn to arrange flowers.
The world wide web is a miraculous thing. You can Google and learn anything. I am in the process of learning to be a better writer. A better blogger. Even a better Instagram-er. I read something every day to help me learn to do what I love even better.
(And if you read the blog post before this-you know I have been learning about growing pumpkins!)
What are some ways that you re-start your year in September? What are some things you would like to learn to do?
Go sharpen some pencils, think it over, straighten your desk and enjoy your day. Oh, and learn!
love and blessings~dd