Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

I Love School Supplies!

I admit it. I love school supplies and since the beginning of August I have walked through stores and fondled notebooks and pens, folders and crayons. I need a support group!

But September and the back-to-school season has always been my favorite time of year. A time to dive deep and start something new, a time to learn new things and open our minds.

Ah, September… Brings Out the Nerd in Me!

13fe461683f56d6823ee5f2787ff56f2What is it about the idea of September that turns me into a total nerd? More so than usual, that is? Is it the turning of the leaves, the crispness in the air, the new angle of the sun? Perhaps it is the sight of golden buses carrying youngsters to the hallowed halls to learn new things.

Whatever is to blame, I get an itch come September. It starts with the burning desire to buy school supplies though I have been out of academia for 24 years. I spoke of this affliction here. But the itch goes deeper than a Ticonderoga #2 could possible scratch! I love school – always have and always will.

I am a firm believer that anything can be learned either in a class, one-on-one, in a book, even on YouTube! Different methods for different students and I say go for whatever works.

My problem is focus. Here I am caught in the swirl of self-publishing angst, and all I want to do is learn to draw. Or make homemade pasta. Or use that beautiful Nikon camera we have sitting in a cupboard. Or play piano. Or _____________ (you name it and it has probably crossed my lips!). There is definitely not enough hours in my lifetime to learn everything that interests me.


A friend of mine has always urged me to do whatever blows my skirt up. What a great phrase! And it is perfectly apt. One person’s passion is the source of another’s boredom. If I were to discuss in detail all the things I want to quilt, I am sure your eyes would glaze over. Talk to me about sports, and you will have me for only as long as polite conversation deems necessary. (I do pay attention when my husband explains baseball and I actually ask questions, but honestly, the explanations go right out of my head within a few days.) Yet, I would never begrudge you your love of sports, or basket weaving, or fishing, or coin collecting. Those things have never called me with their siren songs, but if it kicks up your skirt, go for it!

Life is too full of must dos and have tos. We all need a little more passion and creativity in our lives. It is good for our mental and physical health! So as we start a new school year, give it some thought. What have you always wanted to learn? What did you love when you were young and had fewer responsibilities? What would you do with your free time (if you have any) that has nothing to do with your day job, chores, obligations? Find it. Go do that. Even if you can only manage an hour per week. Do it. It will make you feel alive.


1 Comment

  1. Rosemary Reader and Writer

    I too love notebooks and pencils and post-its and little devices I didn’t existed until I see them in the shop. Go on, Cheryl! Treat yourself!

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