It’s those lines from You’ve Got Mail that are making me do this. You know…the ones about loving New York in the fall, buying school supplies, and sending you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.
I think they are permanently ingrained in my head and sending me subliminal messages..like…
Buy school supplies.
Decorate with those school supplies.
And they are telling me…
Use those napkins with the penmanship letters on them at your table.
Use books and marbled composition notebooks and pencils and apples-for-the-teacher for a centerpiece.
And the decorate-with-school-supplies message has made me put out kid friendly after-school snacks.
The only problem is I am the only one left at home that now eats them.
(My husband has great restraint.)
When you love a movie like I love that movie, it kind of gets in your head and your heart.
Like when I am opening car doors in the morning at my job, and I am helping those little people out of their car seats, I say, Good morning Hank! Good morning Riley and Avery. How are you today?
And I feel like Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly when she is opening her shop door at The Shop Around the Corner, greeting the children there with, Jessica and Mya, How are you today?(Do you remember that scene?)
And it makes me wish again that I had a little bookstore that I could be opening the door to in the morning.
(Didn’t we all wish that when we saw that movie for the first time?)
And we would decorate our cabinets in our little shop-around-the-corner with children’s books and toys and cute posters just like the ones in the movie…and maybe put in a coffee bar for the grown ups who bring their children to our shop.(But of course, there is a Starbucks nearby on another corner.)
And we might even include a chalkboard or two in our charming bookstore, right?
And perhaps the giant bookstore would not put our little shop out of business.
You’ve Got Mail also made me fall in love with New York City. September is a good time to think about that…remembering those who lost so very much in the tragic events of 9-11 and honoring the incredible strength of those who have kept the city going. It makes me think of that.
As you can see, the bouquets of newly sharpened pencils, and all the other school supplies have made themselves at home in our house this month. (If you missed part 1, there are more school supplies running rampant there as well.)
And that’s what happens when you fall in love with a movie.
Until next time…