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Photo by Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect

 

Can you smell it? The erasers, the crayons, the multi-colored pack of Sharpies. Ahhh, breathe it in.

 

Well, maybe not the Sharpies. I don’t think that’s recommended by the surgeon general.

 

It’s that time of year again. The time when my teacher friends try – often unsuccessfully – to hold back their tears at the thought of their summer breaks ending. (This is also known as the time when I try to be supportive while silently regretting my decision not to become a teacher.)

 

It’s the time of year that many of my mom friends try – again, sometimes unsuccessfully – to hold back their tears as they send their children off to a new grade, a new adventure, a new life.

 

And it’s the time of year that finds me with an urge to head straight to Walmart, to not pass go and to buy myself a backpack, some Lisa Frank folders or, at the very least, a Big Chief tablet.

 

Yep, I’m a fan of the school supplies. Post-its, mini legal pads, smooth-writing pens in the perfect shade of blue – these are the things that make me happy even today, in the 9 to 5. (Not that I’m a Milton or anything. I’m not actually attached to my stapler at all. Just so you know.)

 

Why do I have this school supply obsession affection, anyway? Is it only because I’m a nerd through and through?

 

Maybe.

 

Or maybe it has something to do with the start of school in general. Autumn represents more than a chance to sharpen pencils and buy locker accessories. The beginning of the school year means a fresh start, a new beginning, a chance to start over.

 

It’s like Mondays for dieting, or January 1 for not gossiping or flossing every day. (What? That’s just me?)

 

Even though I haven’t had a back-to-school fall in quite a while and still have a few please-go-by-slowly years before my daughter goes to school, I’m still thankful for this season when I remember that life is full of new beginnings and second chances.

 

And sometimes it even includes a set of new pencils and a hot pink Trapper Keeper.

 

What about you? What was your favorite part of going back to school? Are you a fan of the school supplies? Are you beginning anything new this fall?

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