Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Ah, September…

September has always been one of my favorite months.  The leaves turn color. Days are still warm, but nights are cooler. There is a crispness in the air as the seasons change.

But the best part of September is that it is Back To School time!

I guess you could say that I have always been a bit of a geek.  I’ll admit it.  I loved school.  We moved quite a bit while I was growing up, so I attended a handful of grade schools.  But, if I am remembering correctly, we always seemed to move mid-semester.  So, September usually found me at a school where I knew someone to eat lunch with already. (Very important.) While starting a new school in the middle of a semester was not easy, I think it was probably easier than it would have been starting at a brand new school on the very first day.  On the first day of school, everyone is caught up in the newness of it all – new classes, new teachers, new subjects, new books, and a lot of catching up to do with old friends you haven’t seen all summer.  Starting a new school in the middle of the year though, makes the new kid one of the few new things in what has probably become the same old, same old.  Kids are more apt to invite you to sit with them and show you how to find your locker. You are a novelty of sorts – especially when you move from a southern state to a northern one and your accent shows it.

By middle school and high school, we had landed in Upstate New York and I was able to finish without having to be the new kid again.

Then came three colleges where I was able to be the new kid along with a lot of other new kids.  Made it easier to blend.

Now, some people might think that all these moves growing up warped me for life.  How could I possibly still love school so much?  The answer is that I have an inner geek that still loves learning new things.  I miss Algebra!  I miss homework!  Yep, I admit it. I loved school.  🙂

The other reason that Back To School time is so wonderful for me – even though I am not in school, nor do I have kids – school supplies.  Wonderful, plentiful and cheap school supplies.

Even though, I write primarily on the computer, I am hopelessly addicted to notebooks and pens.  Must be the writer in me, huh?  Used to be I was drawn to the five subject college-ruled notebooks.  They seemed to give you more bang for the buck, more pages to fill.  Now though, I find myself drawn to the colorful soft-sided composition books. They make in bright primary colors now and they are college-ruled.  Back in the day, they were all black and white with cardboard-like covers and were only wide-ruled.  They didn’t lay flat enough to allow me to write close to the binding.  And, let’s face it, when you are on a roll, you need to fill every bit of space! 🙂

Pens are another thing that writers are particular about.  Some prefer fountain pens, perhaps a quill?  I like the straight forward ballpoints with one caveat.  They cannot leave blobs of ink or leak through the page.  I like blues or purples or greens over black or red ink.  The pen must move smoothly across the page so it doesn’t slow me down.  It is hard enough to keep up when your ideas start flying, and a slow pen cannot be tolerated.

Glue, scissors, construction paper – none of these really get me excited.  Crayons are still fun sometimes, but nothing makes me want to hit the school supply aisles at Target like notebooks and pens.  Now, art supplies like colored pencils and acrylic paint make me pretty happy though I will admit, I have very little clue what to do with them.  Maybe I should take a class…


  1. Joan Fassett

    I’ve missed you! Glad to get your post.

    • Hi Mom II 🙂
      I miss you too!! Must get together for some sewing therapy soon.

  2. Cheryl, now I’m really worried about you. 🙂 Missing school & homework? Wow!
    I’m with you though on the notebooks and pens bit. A slow pen. What could be worse? 🙂

    • Don’t worry, Yvette! I am not crazy — Definitely don’t miss gym class or cafeteria food or dissecting things in science lab… just really miss those new school supplies! 🙂 Perhaps we should start a support group?

  3. I love this time of year, too. I think it speaks to the writer in me–all those notebooks, journals, pens, pencils and whatnot on sale. Woo hoo!

    • Best time of year to buy notebooks! Got a bunch of one subject college-ruled for under a dollar a piece. 🙂 Heaven!


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