"I wish I could send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils." This quote is stuck in my head this week. It's quote from the movie, "You've Got Mail". It was voiced by character, Joe Fox(Tom Hanks) as he is writing an email to Kathleen Kelley(Meg Ryan) about the wonders of Fall.
It's the beginning of school for many families. I've had years of the ritual: new shoes, binders, backpacks, notebooks, crayons and, yes, freshly sharpened pencils.
I didn't think I'd miss it but I do. And not for the reason you might think.
Of course, I miss my children's cute, freshly scrubbed faces twinkling with hope and excitement. But what I really miss is starting a new year, a new grade, in a new classroom with a new teacher which all adds up to a new beginning.
New beginnings are exciting. They're full of potential and opportunity and wonder.
As I work away in my studio day after day, there's no marker for my work days or time. There's no bell to signal the beginning of the day or a bus to take me home at the end. There's no anticipation of hunting for the perfect studio outfit or getting just the right shoes. I don't need a backpack filled with new school supplies.
And while, I love my life and seeing life as my own teacher, I sometimes get so busy I forget to let myself out for recess. With my studio as part of my home, I can forget to get on the bus and leave my work behind.
My new beginnings happen all the time, but I don't have a designated day. So, I don't stop and see it. Or let myself wonder at the potential or opportunity or discovery.
So, maybe it's time to do it. Officially, designate a new beginning, everyday start my own first day of school by living it. And maybe, honor it by getting something new?
Here's my very own bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. Recess anyone?