The Last Day of Summer Vacation

September 3, 2013

Pencil shavings and new, pristine notebooks

Pencil shavings and new, pristine notebooks

“It was the last day of summer vacation, and while it had been decades since he’d gone to school, he still felt the tug.  The mix of sadness at the end of summer, and excitement to see his chums again.  The new clothes, bought after a summer’s growth.  The new pencils, sharpened over and over, and the smell of the shavings.  And the new notebooks.  Always thrilling.  Unmarred.  No mistake yet.  All they held was promise and potential.”
— Louise Penny, The Brutal Telling:  A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

The start of the school year holds the promise of a fresh start, even for those of us who no longer report to a classroom.   Here’s to new beginnings!

3 Responses to “The Last Day of Summer Vacation”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    l love the quote. How well I remember those feelings!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Wonderful evocation of feelings! But always, it seems too early. I don’t really grow nostalgic for it all until it begins to cool off!

  3. Judy Says:

    I still like to open a new notebook–nothing on the pages. Clean and clear for anything of note I might like to write.

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