September 2 – A New Season of Possibilities


“And the day inevitably comes when the scrapbook of summer, smeared with ice cream slurps and sweat stains, gives way to that new clean white notebook, spine unbroken, begging to be smudged with the enthusiasm of a number two pencil and a mind open to the possibilities.” ― Toni Sorenson

The children have started back to school here in North Carolina. The youngest children in our family appear on Facebook holding signs telling us what grade they are beginning. It seems like only yesterday I was taking my children to the shoe store to buy their back to school shoes. My own growing up memories remain of Chandler Book Store  in Evanston, Illinois where we took our ‘back to school’ list to buy the perfect folders, notebooks, pencils and pens. September ushers in a new season of possibilities; a concept, I believe in with all my heart.

If I could, I would give all of you who read this blog a brand new sharpened pencil as we turn from summer towards fall. I’m not ready to let go of home made ice cream at the Farmers Market, or my white slacks, but I am always ready for new possibilities. Closing this summer’s scrapbook, I hope it is filled with lovely memories you can revisit when needed.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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3 Responses to September 2 – A New Season of Possibilities

  1. noelleg44 says:

    You inspired me to share my summer memories on my blog, and now that fall is around the corner, I am sharing school memories. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  2. jazzfeathers says:

    Hey, Stephanie, and I’d take that newly sharpened pencil gladely because I’m just starting a new project 🙂

  3. johnvic8 says:

    I have a sharpened pencil and I’m writing chapter 5. Thanks for the encouragement.

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