Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. the surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.)
I was appalled to learn this week that some of my friends’ children have already returned to school, even though Labor Day isn’t until next week. Ugh. The end of summer always gets me down. Though I’m not a teacher and don’t have small children, I never outgrew the feeling that the commencement of the school year meant the end of fun. I have vivid memories of the feeling of dread I’d get as I watched that date approach.
The only thing that could cheer me up was the annual back-to-school shopping trip Mom and I would make. I still remember the thrill of new pencils and crayons and notebooks. Everything seemed so filled with optimism. These days, however, back to school seems to include some items my mother never dreamed of, at least if you believe Etsy.