Thursday, August 26, 2004

Back to School Blues

Usually i love back to school. I get to buy all new notebooks and highlighters. But this year something is amiss. The Shoppers Drug Mart where i usually do my back to school shopping seems to have forgotten that it is back to school time. In the past they had row upon row of binders, pencil cases, pens and pencils. But this year, just a very meager selection. Have they forsaken back to school given the demographics of our neighborhood? Are they leaving it to the big box stores out in the burbs? What is going on here? I am distraught.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

BACK to school? As a PhD student, aren't you in school all year long?

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missing something here. Why are you doing back to school shopping?

10:00 AM  
Blogger Manorama said...

I feel your pain. The bookstore on campus probably has what you want though, dazzling layout included :)

10:41 AM  
Blogger PhDiva said...

Ooh, some harsh words from those who take the term 'back to school' quite literally. For me 'back to school' is more of an ethos that simultaneously celebrates the coming of autumn and the end of summer, and yet brings with it a sense of renewal. Instead of getting bogged down in all the depressing stuff that comes with fall (plants dying, days getting shorter), 'back to school' allows you to celebrate a new beginning, a fresh start. But this celebration is not just limited to people actually in school, i mean all of us remember being 8 years old and getting new clothes for school and trudging off on the first day. Ah, nothing better than opening a fresh notebook.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Amardeep said...

I agree with PhDiva... Back to school is like springtime for nerds. One knows, but chooses to reject, the fact that it's actually fall.

For teachers, it's time to meet a whole new slate of students as well as colleagues. One fixes up one's office a bit, goes shopping for some new clothes, and always -- ALWAYS -- buys a new notebook.

12:49 PM  

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