Happy Labor Day! (Is saying that really a thing? Why is that a thing?)
If you have kids, they may be back to school, or they may be counting those final hours. As they pack up for the first days of school, I always take a long look at those backpacks filled with school supplies. All those pencils with their sharp little tips (or those mechanical pencils filled with lead and ready to go), those bright and shiny notebooks, that binder with its neat dividers and loose-leaf paper distributed just so.
If you have kids (or even if you don’t), you know what’s coming.
Take a delicious, lingering look and enjoy. Never again will you see that backpack packed so nicely. The metal spirals will soon partially dislodge themselves from the notebooks, which will be sporting leftover fragments of paper torn out for various reasons. Every mechanical pencil will be empty, an abandoned shell to be futilely clicked and then shoved to the bottom of the bag. Tips of regular pencils will have eroded and splinters of wood will protrude from the ends, because sharpening a pencil is seemingly very difficult to find time for. The binder will have divorced itself from most of its contents.
You probably don’t want to look in that backpack after the first week. Or perhaps I’m projecting.
But you will make dinner! And if you’re really getting on your game this fall, you might be meal planning. Here are some weeknight dinner recipes for those school-night meals.