By Nichole Giles
Don’t you just love school supplies? For me, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of filling a shopping cart with notebooks, pens, glue, paperclips, and…well, all of it. I walk down the store aisles taking the time to look in every bin, to consider every deal, weigh the pros and cons of name brand versus generic markers/crayons/pens, and then I pile my cart high, buzzing with excitement over the amazing sale prices.
Being that I’m a summer girl—meaning summer is my season of choice—I have issues with back to school. It basically symbolizes the end of my warm season, and the beginning of the cold one. Besides that, it’s a sad thing to know our schedule will change and solidify, that we’ll have to deal with homework, teachers, and extracurricular activities. Oh, and the dreaded carpools. I’ll have three this year.
But there a lot of good things that come with the beginning of the school year. The kids are looking forward to spending time with other kids their ages—especially my older ones. They’ll be learning new things, moving forward by filling their sponge-like brains with information and knowledge. And me? I will finally have my days to myself again.
Oh, to have those precious few hours of time when I can ignore the messy house, pile of laundry, shopping list, and other important mom duties to sit down with my trusty computer and write. Aaahhh.
While the dog-days of summer will forever be my most enjoyed, I will happily fall into autumn this time around. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll finish the rough draft of my WIP, and outline a sequel for my other series. Of course, I’ll be using a fresh new notebook and a package of inky pens. Oh, it’s going to be a great year!
(Now...get to work!)