The first day of school! No, not for me and it has been many years since I have sent a child off to school on the first day of the new school year. So, why is it that I still like the first day/week of school!!! It has always been a special time for me. Not because I didn't like having my kids at home through the summer. And, the neighborhood children don't bother me through the summer. Could it be that it is the beginning of a new season? Possibly. I know part of it use to be getting new school things. I always loved tablets, pencils, crayons, etc., especially crayons. And, I still do. It was all I could do not to purchase one of those really neat lunch bags I saw the other day. I remember all those years ago, when I could have a few new things for the beginning of school, then buying for my three children and then the grandchildren. When my first two grandchildren moved away to another state, I remember shopping for new school things and mailing them to them.
So, here I am thinking of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and my favorite - recess! School in my county started last week and I was happy to notice that the school bus comes down my street this year. They travel, of course, according to where the pick-up needs to be and for a few years didn't come my way. At least I will get to see the big yellow bus go by!
Speaking of big, yellow buses, I couldn't resist buying one of these bus boxes when I saw it.
It made me smile. And, so do these yellow pencils. I hurriedly grabbed them to purchase right before leaving for the airport on a trip. I needed an already sharpened pencil to use for working crossword puzzles. Have you ever tried to find a sharpened pencil to buy? Good luck! I was so excited when I finally spotted these that I failed to notice until later that they were the big, fat, first grade pencils. Probably made the people in my row on the plane pause to wonder.
And, how can you be in the first week of school without at least one big red apple! Yes, the only reason I bought the apple! One of the many great things that speak of fall - apples. I guess you see where this is going.......fall is just around the corner and I am getting geared up to do some fall decorating. I made a new fall wreath for the front door and bought a cloth pumpkin after telling myself not to spend any money on fall stuff since I already have so much. So, very soon the front entrance to the house and inside will get an autumn look. In the meantime, best wishes to all those little children who will or have just started school and to the mommies that see them off every morning.