Remember the Staples TV commercials showing a father gleefully dancing through the aisles of a store with a cart load of school supplies with dour-faced children following him...and the background music proclaiming this to be 'the most wonderful time of the year'? That's how I feel about back-to-school shopping time. I love it!
And although I no longer have seven kids to buy school supplies for (thank goodness!) I can't stay away from the stores at this time of year.
I spent a good portion of this morning at WalMart mingling (and grinning) with mothers and kids, lists in hand, with shopping baskets piled high with all the new, fresh smelling, unblemished goodies needed for school, which starts in a couple of weeks.
I was shopping with my camera, mostly, and had to wait for people to clear out of the aisles so I could take pictures - very quickly and unobtrusively - of the fun stuff on display.
There were notebooks (we used to call them scribblers when we were kids) in all types and colors,
...and crayons and markers - more colors than the standard 8 or 16 per box that we used to get. I remember how exciting it was to get a box with 24 or the unimaginable 64 crayons in it.
...and more notebooks - fancy ones, colorful ones, in more different sizes - my personal favorite school supply.
...and of course pencils and pens, sharpeners and erasers, rulers and scissors - stuff dreams are made of!
...and backpacks to carry all the stuff in, causing permanent shoulder stoop.
...Ummmm - Post-it notes - don't get me started on Post-its. I love them - all the different sizes and colors and shapes. I use the narrow ones now to mark pages in my scrapbook magazines.
...and more pens. Did I mention that I have hundreds of pens stashed in tin boxes around my house, and in decorative pails on my work table, and in pretty mugs, and holders.
...and markers - great for journaling on scrapbook layouts!
Kids these days are so lucky - they have such a wide variety of school supplies to choose from. My favorite of all these supplies is notebooks. I love notebooks. I have a stash in my night table. I buy them because they're pretty, or a convenient size, or just because. I keep one in my purse, one on my scrapbook table, several by the phones, but they're mostly just kept in my drawer. You never know when you'll need to write something down.
See that cute little one in the front. Holly gave it to me in June when I met her for the first time. It has a cute little owl on the front and a circle with the name of my blog on it.
And all that is why I think this is 'the most wonderful time of the year'.