September, and the students are back at the college. The last long weekend is over and it's time to sober up, buckle down, get on with the job of helping the students navigate their way through their education. Suddenly it's noisy and crowded, and you can see that some of them are overwhelmed, homesick, anxious. This is when a kind word or a simple smile can make a difference. There is such energy and potential in the air, excited voices, squeals of recognition of a friend not seen for several months, and many questions. Most of the questions we will be asked this week will have little to do with "library stuff" and more to do with just finding their way around. This is usually the most interesting week of the whole academic year. I really like the first day of the Fall semester.
But back to the reason for this blog. This sketch is of our new lamp. We bought it the same day we bought the new fridge and stove, but the drama of the fridge stole the thunder and the lamp did not even get a mention. But here it is, shiny and new and reliable.
Watercolor in the Moleskine journal.