When I was a kid, I loved back to school time. I loved getting my school supplies organized. This was the time when I got two new pairs of shoes at Kiddie Kobbler – one pair for dress, one pair for gym. I remember phone consultations with friends about what we would wear on the first day back. As a teacher, back to school time still has that same importance in my life. I can’t say that I’m as excited as usual about it, having been very busy all summer, but inevitably in late August, my thoughts turn to the back to school rituals.
La rentrée is a huge deal in France. The term literally means “the re-entry” and it’s often applied to going back to school, but it involves so much more. Many French people take either all of July or all of August off work. Even restaurants and shops in tourist areas close so that the workers can enjoy the summer too. It’s a definite cultural difference in work/life balance. Since France slows down perceptibly in the summer, September is back to work and normal routines for many people. Publishers usually come out with new books. The cultural calendar gets under way. And yes, kids and teachers go back to school. Maybe I should go buy myself two new pairs of shoes to get in the back to school mood. But at Louboutin instead of Kiddie Kobbler, I think!