Are your pencils sharpened?

Ah, it’s that time of year when school supplies still look brand new. There will be pencils sharpened with their eraser and no teeth marks, glue pours without poking a hole, scissors cut smoothly, lunch boxes smell mildew free, and students can identify their belongs with their name tags that haven’t worn off yet. It’s a clean slate for all. Any trips to the principal’s office last year are erased, since it’s a brand new start. Hopefully, students don’t visit the principal until at least the third week after everything ‘adjusts’. There’s apprehension and excitement with both the teacher and students. Teachers pray this year will be the year they will boast their class and not lose more hair. And both teachers and students look sadly at the calendar as it turns from August to September. Summer is over.