by Jennifer AlLee
August is almost halfway over, and you know what that means... time to get ready for school!
My son is in college now, but I have great memories of getting ready for the new school year. Back in grade school, there was the yearly search for just the right lunch box and the perfect backpack. For about three years in a row, both of those items had Pokémon on them.
Even though I don't have a child to outfit anymore (he takes care of himself these days, and there isn't a Pokémon in sight) I still love wandering through the school supply section at Target. What's more fun than shelves and shelves of untouched notebook paper, unsharpened pencils, boxes of pristine crayons, and every kind of pen you can imagine?
Truthfully, I've always been an office supply store junky. Back in the olden days, before home computers were common place and you were lucky if you had a manual typewriter, I used to do all my writing in long hand. Then, a new spiral notebook was full of potential... the excitement of what might spill out onto those pages. There's something about the tactile experience of writing that can't be matched. The way the #2 Dixon Ticonderoga pencil lead glides smoothly across the paper, or the way a perfect ball point pen rolls.
I'm not sure if kids today get as big a thrill from seeing words pop up on their laptops as I used to get scrawling them on paper, but I hope so. There's so much you can make from a blank page, or a blank screen, or a new school year.
Your turn! What are your favorite school memories?
JENNIFER ALLEE believes the most important thing a woman can do is find her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. A professional writer for over twenty years, she's done extensive freelance work for Concordia Publishing House, including skits, Bible activity pages, and over 100 contributions to their popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She's thrilled to be working on her first historical series with the amazing Lisa Karon Richardson. Diamond in the Rough and Vanishing Act (Whitaker House) are the first two books in the Charm and Deceit series, available now. And... as if that's not enough, her novella Comfort and Joy will appear in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Memories (Barbour, 9/13) She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.