I am sure my children do not share my joy entirely at the prospect of starting school again, but they do look forward to the fresh start that comes each year in September. It is a time of new possibilities, new courses to study, and that homey feeling we all get when it is time to snuggle in and read together. Last years successes and failures no longer matter, we are on to bigger and better things, and that wonderful feeling of hope that a new beginning always brings.
The stores are ripe with great savings on school supplies, as they pack away their summer fares and start pulling out the warm and soft textures of cooler weather wear. I love the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, and the quote from Tom Hanks to Meg Ryan. He says, “Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” I have never seen New York in the fall, but I cannot imagine it’s half as good as the gorgeous autumn foliage in Virginia. However, I agree with him about the love of school supplies and the newly sharpened pencils. It is the time of year when I have all my pencils sharpened and ready to go, my teacher’s planner is neat and clean, and my children and I are motivated to stay on schedule and on task (by spring I can never find a pencil, my teacher’s planner hasn’t been updated in two months, and my children and I are cramming to get the year finished in time!)
So, I will bask in the glow of the upcoming autumn and all of its bounty. We will rejoice that God has provided us once again with the funds to purchase curriculum. We will relish in the fellowship of our fellow homeschoolers, as we go on field trips and camping adventures. And finally, we will bow down and thank our Heavenly Father that he has shown us a way to teach our children at home.