Happy September, Moms! In a mom’s life, September can feel more like a new beginning than January does. AND, without all the stress of a list of resolutions that we know we’ll never keep.
September is like opening a box of brand new crayons. The possibilities are endless! The world suddenly spreads before us in a colorful array of choices. It always makes me feel creative and renewed and full of hope.
In the past, as my children headed off to a new school year, I would suddenly feel driven to try new things myself: take a new route to work, start a Bible study, write in a journal, bake a new recipe, or learn a new craft. I would feel the same giddy excitement I felt as a child when September rolled around. What would the new school year bring? And, how would I grow and change? I never want to lose that feeling.
It used to drive my kids crazy because the second the stores put out their school supplies I would race there to drool over the spiral notebooks, pens and pencils. Each item represented a new beginning to me and I bought so many ten cent spiral notebooks and cheap pens that my daughter threatened to have an intervention.
I don’t have any kids in school anymore but I still run to the school supply sections of the stores. I’m always surrounded by frazzled moms and kids who are trying to find all the items on their classroom supply lists. Nerves are on edge, fights break out, and there in the midst of it all I stand and smile dreamily. A whole box of markers for a dollar? Yes, please. A pink stapler? Take my money! An empty journal with cartoon characters on the front? I NEED it!
So, if you’re out doing last minute errands and you see a grandma with a cart full of spiral notebooks and art supplies, it’s probably me. And, mommies, while you’re buying all those wonderful new things for your children’s “new year,” think about what inspires you and throw that in the cart too! We’re never too old to learn something new.