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Shopping for school supplies launched a new hobby for an empty nester – The Oakland Press

I have a hunch that fall will arrive early this year. Maybe it’s the angle of sunlight on the fading black-eyed Susans in our perennial garden, or the crunch of acorns under my tires when I cycle around the neighborhood.

Whatever triggers it, I can’t ignore the annual temptation to shop for back-to-school supplies — even though there hasn’t been a student in our home for several years.

Our only child did exactly what most parents hope their children will do: He grew up, earned a college degree, and left home to start his career after graduation.

Watching the younger moms in my neighborhood now — the ones buying new Crayolas and lunch kits — I recall the exhilarating sense of novelty I’d feel when my boy started school each fall.

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