My sons are both teachers, the youngest, Gideon, just entering the profession as of last Tuesday. He sent us a photo via the camera on his phone of his first day on the job, standing outside his classroom wearing a big smile and a new outfit. New-ness is a first-day tradition, for students and teachers alike.
There’s such hopefulness in new school supplies, a new lunch box, and a new pair of shoes. Perhaps the anticipation of a new beginning accounts for the family affair school shopping has become.
If a new beginning were just around the corner, my new outfit would combine two of my favorite vintage finds: this apron and coordinating purse.
I’ve had the apron for years, purchased because of the embroidered figures and their thread hair dos appliqued against a blue the color of a cloudless sky. The purse was a much later find. Discovered in an antique shop, I was captivated by the dimensional paper cutouts and their frizzy thread beards.