I love this time of year. New clothes, new books, and oh, the school supplies! Not sure what it is, but I love shopping for school supplies. I look at those virgin notebooks and pens and think about all the possibilities. Stories and essays and notes and knowledge and growth and…
I wish I were going back to school.
And before you ask, yes, I loved it when I was a kid, too. This time of year always gives me hope. Maybe last year wasn’t great, maybe the scorching summer has fried my nerves, but pretty soon, the yellow school busses will be carrying hoards of cheerful, eager students ready to learn.
Well, that’s what it looks like if you squint and sort of…really want to see it.
And now that I’m writing, fall also brings the ACFW conference, another opportunity for stories and essays, notes and knowledge, old friends and new. Even as a grown up, autumn triggers change.
The leaves fall, the weather cools, the days get crisp and clear, the Patriots win their opening game (at Miami, 1 pm on Sept. 7. I can’t wait!), and a new season begins. New friends, new experiences, new opportunities. I love this time of year. What about you? Does this time of year trigger happy memories? What’s your favorite season and why?
Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. She is the author of two books, Faith House and One Christmas Eve, both Christmas stories. Read excerpts and find out more at her website.