Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Whether you’re a student, a parent, or just a bookish geek who always looked forward to the first day of class, we bet you have some favorite things about the back-to-school season. Want to share?
Jamie Wallace: Though, as you might expect of a writer, I have an inordinately intense appreciation for new notebooks, pens, and all the other writing accoutrements and office paraphernalia that bedeck the back-to-school season, my favorite part of this ritual is not anything you can buy at Staples. Since I was a little girl, and even now that I am a (mostly) grown writer and someone’s mom, I have loved this time of year for the feeling of nervous excitement it brings. The new school year always feels like a fresh start – a sort of counterpoint to the New Year. Even if you’re not returning to school yourself, or seeing a child off to a new classroom, you can’t help but be caught up in all the anticipation. There are new adventures on the near horizon. Anything might happen. The world is opening up to show you a different side of itself. This is my favorite part of the back-to-school season – this air of possibility and potential.
Lisa J. Jackson: My favorite part is the special deals on notebooks! I love new notebooks of all kinds. It’s an addiction in August.
Growing up I always looked forward to going to school and loved the new clothes, particularly new school shoes. I always looked forward to wearing my new shoes. When I got to high school, it was quarterly, and we could attend summers if we wanted — if we took full class loads, we could even graduate a year early. I went all 3 summers, but made sure to not have enough of the required classes done until the final semester – I loved school that much. I still enjoy back-to-school season, even though I have no involvement with it, because of the fond memories I have.
Deborah Lee Luskin: When my kids were little, I’d administer a spoonful of honey on the first day, to make learning sweet. The kids continued this tradition through college! But after a lifetime of being tethered to the academic calendar, I’ve cut loose, taking a vacation in September, when school’s back in session and the weather is usually quite fine. I’ll be biking Le Petit Train du Nord in Quebec Province this year – and taking a break from my regular posting schedule on Live to Write – Write to Live as well. Look for my next post on September 16th!
Wendy Thomas: I’m not one of those moms who is sad to see her kids go off to school. I know that they will be involved, will learn, and will have fun – what greater gifts could a mom give her kids? In September, I live for the cooler weather that ushers in the start of school- the leaves starting to turn and the smell of apples – heaven. As Jamie pointed out, there’s such a sense of excitement, of new beginnings in September.
And not going to lie, like so many others, I love the notebooks that are available.
Personally, I look forward to getting back to my writer’s schedule. With all the kids home this summer, it’s been enjoyable, but it’s also meant a lot of driving and attending events. It’s time for all of us to get back into a routine.
Susan Nye: My mother always took my sister and I shopping for a new first day of school dress. I became almost superstitious about it. If the year was to go well, I had to have a new outfit for the first day of school. I was down in Manchester earlier this week and even stopped on the way home for a little shopping. No dresses, just a pair of jeans but it just feels right to start the fall with a new look.