FOR THE LOVE OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES BY SYNDI POWELL
In the movie of "You've Got Mail", Joe states that he would buy Kathleen a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. That is my idea of romance because I love school supplies. Pencils. Pens. Notebooks. Folders. Paper clips and push pins. Crayons. Markers. Printer ink and reams of paper. LOVE them. And this is the time of year that you can find these things everywhere.
Maybe it's because I loved school growing up. Or that the beginning of the school year felt more like a new year starting than January 1st ever has. It meant new clothes, a new grade with a new teacher, and new opportunities for friends, learning and fun. Above all, it meant school supplies.
There's something about opening a new box of crayons. That first whiff of wax makes me nostalgic for a time when my worst problem was a friend who decided to sit by someone else instead of me. Or having a bologna sandwich for lunch instead of my favorite, tuna.
But I think the epitome of my love for school supplies is for notebooks and journals. The sight of a blank page. The smell of paper. The riffle it makes when you flip the pages. LOVE. I have a whole shelf full of empty journals just waiting for their turn to be filled with thoughts, dreams, Bible verses that touch me and prayers. I have another shelf of ones that I've already filled with the thought of reading them again someday. To see where I've been and how far I've come.
I do have to say that as much as I love school supplies, I love books even more. Always have and always will. That's true love forever.
What about you? What inanimate objects to you have a love or fondness for?