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'Bouquet of newly sharpened pencils' time of year

‘Bouquet of newly sharpened pencils’ time of year

August 29, 2012 |  by  |  Wordbliss  |  , ,  |  2 Comments


Back to school time is in the air. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) put it best in You’ve Got Mail: “Don’t you 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.” (Insert happy sigh by almost every woman who’s ever seen this film. Men: take note.)

You don’t have to live in New York to appreciate the thrill of the first day of school. It’s time to turn a new page, progress to the next grade, reunite with friends and make new ones. This week I’ve seen little kids at the bus stop dwarfed by their big kid backpacks. I’ve read a flurry of Facebook posts sharing excitement for college football and mixed feelings on starting new classes. I’ve started a graduate leadership communication class myself.

Here at the cusp of fall, I can’t help but think back and realize: I’ve loved school since before I was old enough to attend. At the ripe old age of four, I could hardly wait for kindergarten. In fact, I’d give myself hours of “assignments” copying words I couldn’t yet read out of books. We still have the Little Mermaid spiral notebook of my carefully crafted letters. At six I crayon-illustrated and wrote my first books on copy paper, and created library cards for my family to “check out” my growing collection.

More than two decades later, words, language, books, communication, and academia continue to lure me in. On the subject, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan said, “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.”

Bring it on.