September is all about going back to school for me. I used to love walking through those gates after the 6 week break, catching up with friends, showing off a tan, a new haircut, a new pair of shoes, and telling tales of the summer, often with a wistful look and a sigh.
I left education in 2007 (and school even longer ago!) but this month makes me yearn for a new pencil case filled with sharpened pencils, clean rubbers and pens with their lids on. I want shiny new school shoes, a plastic lunch box filled with cucumber sandwiches and a wool jumper with my name sewn in the label. The new PE kit, complete with hideous gym knickers and hockey socks, can stay firmly in the past, however.
What are your memories of September? Do you think of crisp autumn leaves or crisp white shirts?