The children in Mississippi have been back to school for almost a month now. Colleges opened for fall term last week. I think it’s a wonderful time of year! I’m probably being very optimistic when I say that it’s great to see all of them excited about being back in school. I hope that they are. School–no matter what level–provides so many opportunities. I’m not back in school (although I would love to be) and I don’t have any children going. So, why do I love back to school time?
I could say that I’m excited for all the students who are particpating in one of the best benefits we have as humans–the opportunity for continuous learning. They can expand their knowledge and welcome new worlds. They can experiment with subjects and choose what they believe is their life’s calling. They can start again if they’ve found a new interest. The opportunities are endless.
Or, I could say that I’m excited for all the students because they will have so many chances to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. There are organizations to participate in, community service works to be done, academic contests to win, and athletic teams to cheer for and motivate. There are friends who need support and encouragement and younger students who need examples of good character. For those who choose to do so, leadership opportunities abound.
Or, I could say that I’m excited because all the administrators, teachers, and coaches have been given a chance to make a difference in the lives of so many. Helping our young people to broaden their knowledge and to develop the skills necessary for them to become our future leaders is so important. I hope that each of these individuals recognizes the seriousness of their demonstrating professionalism to those within their charge.
Yes, I would say all of these reasons contribute to why I love back to school time. I almost hate to admit what I really love. It must be something left over from my own school days. I just love looking at all of the neat school supplies! My mother tells me (and I certainly believe her) that, as a child, I loved paper–of all kinds. My grandfather and my aunt would give me “trash” from their offices. I would get plain paper, forms, carbon paper (oh–I’m dating myself), notebooks, receipt books, etc. and set up my school or my office (depending on the time of the year) and play for hours. I must have been a real difficult shopper when it came to the beginning of the school year because I really love to see all of the things that are available now. I know in college it was a big decision as to what kind of subject notebooks I would use that year. I loved the brand new textbooks–the feel and the smell of them and found it difficult to make that first mark in them!
So, yes, I had to buy a few “school supplies” to use for my new class development and writing that I am working on currently. My husband comments that it’s amazing (and he’s glad) that I can become happy and excited about the simplest things. Lucky for him–my birthday is this month. Perhaps a new journal?