I love this time of year. I always have. Local stores are starting to put out their school supplies. Pens, pencils, notebooks, planners and best of all, sticky notes.
There was a movie once, “You’ve Got Mail,” that featured Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. In it, Hanks writes an email (via old-school dial-up Internet) to Ryan’s character. He remarks how he loves New York in the fall and that it makes him want to buy school supplies.
“I would send you a bouquet of sharpened pencils…” Hanks writes.
Ahhhh, how romantic. I would love to be sent such a bouquet, or one made of these fantastic new Sharpie pens.
Yes, I know, my nerd is showing. That’s OK.
I’ve always been a fan of school and all that went along with it.
I have discovered that I will forever be a student, whether formally in a classroom, in a comfy armchair with a good book or through my work as a journalist. I will always want to learn something new.
I’ve thought about becoming a teacher, but I don’t think I could do it.
That has to be one of the toughest jobs out there. Teaching kids, some of which would rather be anywhere but there, takes patience. That is a trait with which I am not overly endowed.
Despite my love of learning, I wasn’t always the best student. For that, I apologize to all of my former teachers.
I often was late or skipped class. I talked during class or did other homework. I didn’t get straight As either.
But, luckily, most of my teachers understood me. They encouraged me and always challenged me when I was bored.
As Sheridan moves closer to a new school year, I’ve been keeping an eye on school construction projects.
In junior high school, I got to move into a new school. It was shiny and white. We weren’t allowed to hang anything on the walls, but it was technologically advanced and featured “pods” that encourage team teaching.
It was, overall, a fantastic and improved place to learn.
Sheridan County is lucky to have so many new, up-to-date schools in our communities.
Time to go school supply shopping. I wonder what I’ll learn today?
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor of The Sheridan Press.