Jana Pruden still wants to go back-to-school shopping:
I never even liked school very much, but the Back to School season was still something special. Back to School was a time of such great newness it always left me feeling that anything could happen.Ah, supplies. Thomas Merton has a wonderful passage with a similar feeling.
With my school supplies laid out all clean and perfect in those final days before school started, I could always catch a glimpse of the better me that could possibly emerge that school year.
Shopping for supplies was a late-summer ritual when my children were in elementary school. El fanatico (that's me) insisted on the best — Dixon Ticonderoga or Faber-Castell or Mirado pencils. It was only years later that I learned that all supplies were pooled for class use. I think that my kids didn't have the heart to tell me.
The school supplies we now buy are (thank goodness) for personal use — books, computers, notebooks, pens.