The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Do any of you remember that Staples commercial for school supplies where the Dad takes the kids to the store, the shopping cart is full of school supplies, the Dad is riding the back of the cart down the aisle the way kids would, one foot in the air, and his two children are dragging up the rear, heads hung low? The music playing over the commercial is the Christmas Carol, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” One of my absolute favorite commercials ever.

It’s that time again and I love it. I love school supplies. It’s a weird fetish, I realize, but I can’t help it. When I was in school I couldn’t wait to purchase new notebooks, pencils and pens, a Trapper Keeper and on and on. I loved having folders or a binder to organize myself. New school supplies meant a whole world of new possibilities. I might turn out smarter, maybe the cool kids would like me if I had the best binder, ah, my imagination would run away with itself. Let me tell you what, there is nothing like a brand new notebook just waiting for you to fill it!

When I didn’t have kids and was no longer in school I’d still browse through the new school supplies bursting out of the aisles and buy myself a notebook. And then when I had kids that needed school supplies? Well, look out. The fun was back. I never say no to school supplies. While they searched for the right pencil case, soft with a zipper, I secretly looked for things I could buy for me. I did it again this year! I’m addicted to notebooks. I can’t help it. All that empty space just waiting for stories to tell. A blank screen in Word can’t hold a candle to a blank page in a notebook. Then there’s the sound of my pen scratching across the page as my hand soars from line to line. I’ll take that sound over the clacking of keys any day.

This year’s purchase.

As a matter of fact, I can’t wait to go to Staples because I need note cards to edit the new book I’m working on and hope to have published next year. It’s all I can do to control myself from running out when I should be writing. Though, Noodge 2 said just last night she needs additional supplies for schools. Yippee!!! I’ll be looking for those note cards for sure.

The start of the school year brings about so many emotions especially as my kids get older, but this time of the year is something like a birth. Everything brand new and smelling good. Endless chances to do it right. A clean slate. New experiences.

It is the most wonderful time of the year. (Next to Christmas, of course.)


6 thoughts on “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

  1. So funny! I feel exactly the same way, especially about new notebooks. I won’t tell you how many I bought!! As I was walking up and down the back to school aisles at Walmart the other night, I thought to myself, “this is my porn” :O

    1. I would’ve bought more than one notebook too, but I refrained with difficulty. The Noodges needed new binders for school. Six, actually and I buy the expensive kind so I’m not replacing them throughout the year and spending twice as much. (Which I’ve done and learned my lesson.) But…I’m sure a can talk myself into another. I’ll have to go to Walmart. I’ll feel less guilty. 😉

  2. You are TOO funny, Stacey. As much as I do like school supplies, this is SO NOT the most wonderful time of the year for me.

    As a school-based occupational therapist, I go back to school too. Love my students. I’m also blessed with a nice staff and a fun-loving–but no nonsense–principal as of last year. (He even got the OTs and PTs our own room–something we’ve NEVER had.)

    BUT: With the good comes the annoying: my days away from home, daily paperwork and the reports I so love to write. NOT!

    And autumn brings winter–I’m a spring and summer girl.

    Oh well. It is what it is, lol. Be well and enjoy your quiet time once the Noodges go back to school.

    1. Let me wish you luck on another school year. It’s good to find the positive in everything which it sounds like you’re doing. That’s success right there.

      I won’t love the short winter days just waiting around the corner for us. But I do love autumn. As for quiet time, hmmm…..I’m not sure I know what that sounds like. LOL!!!!

  3. I couldn’t agree more, Stacey: Though I’m long since out of school and don’t have children of my own, I love the possibilities the new school year — and new notebooks! — represent. (And kudos for the shoutout to the apex of 1980s scholastic technology: the Trapper Keeper!)

  4. I have very fond memories of my Trapper Keeper. Looks like they’re still for sale, but my kids aren’t into them. The Trappers probably aren’t cool now. Ha Ha. My kids like binders or notebooks. Boring. But I don’t tell them that.

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