Sunday, September 30, 2007

'Tis the Season for Revision

September may be the most optimal month of all for visions and revisions. What is it about the coming on of Fall that makes me want to clean the slate and start fresh? Must be a life of transitioning from summer vacations into new school years. I always loved the first day of school. Equipped with newly sharpened pencils and virgin notebooks, I felt I could conquer whatever curriculum lay ahead. For some reason the newness of the supplies made the material seem manageable – perhaps because I hadn’t yet seen the study guide or opened the textbook. But somehow a fresh pencil and unmarred notebook made me want to write. A not-yet-opened textbook made me anxious to absorb everything it had to offer.

My favorite new-school-year item of all was always the new box of crayons. It seemed like the perfect salute to fresh possibilities – the sturdy yellow box, two rows of pristine points with perfectly even tops, the spectrum of color. It’s enough to make you take all 12 crayons in your fist and introduce the whole lot of them to a blank page at exactly the same moment in one rapid scribbling motion. Undoubtedly, I succumbed to this temptation more than once.

While the days of heading into Fall with a brand new box of crayons or experiencing the sheer thrill of a new lunchbox are long gone, there is still something about this time of year that sweeps me into a state of renewed revisionist thinking. Time to buckle down. Time to shed the poor habits I’ve allowed to take hold over the summer. Time to re-evaluate and sharpen my focus.

Last September, I moved from Dallas to Los Angeles. A revision, indeed. This September, I look for new ways to revise – less drastic, perhaps, but no less visionary, I hope.


Sarah said...

You've started your blog, yay! I'm excited to hear from you. Speaking of 'buckling down', I have this quote in front of my computer that I love. Picasso said: "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." I believe that. I read it when I'm trying to procrastinate and I actually have to stop and agree and then get to it :)

Dallin said...

This is great! I love it. You have such a way with words. I can totally relate to the "new supplies = master of my fate" feeling. Is it weird that I still get that way with new office supplies, notebooks, and organizational items?

Also - love the pics. I was thinking about the fact that I will never find a Dallin and New York intersection, or a Dallin and anything intersection for that matter.

Jules said...

I totally know what you mean about the new supplies. And I hate when that box of crayons gets all smooshed. That happens on the second day with kids. I have to deal with it (kind of like the boxes for games--think Candyland. I hate when someone steps on the box and it gets broken on the corner. Makes me just want to throw it away and buy a new one, but I know with the munchkins it will just get ruined again). So excited for your blog!