Shopping yesterday, I landed in the back-to-school aisle. It's pretty incredible how the smell of #2 pencils, and the sight of notebook paper can spark memories and inspire me to think of new starts and all the potential of a new year. For me, the year begins in September. Following the gift of a wonderful summer, restful and energizing, I was always optimistic about the new school year. Fueled in large part by my addiction to back-to-school supplies, and the promise of staying organized.
I believe those supplies were the main source of the much needed push I required to go back-to-school. You see, I liked it at home, still do. There's an official diagnosis for it now, Separation Anxiety Disorder:
"Separation anxiety is a psychological condition in which an individual has excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment ..."
Hmmm. No, my husband doesn't have to "negotiate" me out the front door every morning, like my poor mom used to have to do... but I may still have this disorder. Or it could be, that I just had an absolutely fabulous summer and it's hard to think about the long, hot days of summer ending... until next year.
It got me thinking, what are my "school supplies" these days? What are my current equivalents to pink erasers, bluecloth 3-ring binders, Bic pens and a new pencil pouch that will help me out the door? What is my ritual that prepares me for the year ahead. Fueled by a six-week sabbatical, I have some supplies in mind, they come in the form of aspirations and goals these days.
But I am in the market for a new plaid skirt, and have a brand-new gold trimmed Hello Kitty pencil pouch in my bag!