Got the back to school blues — or not?

back to schoolIf you’re a parent, then school starting for your children may or may not be a mixed bag. I’m a bit sorry to see summer go, especially as it wasn’t all that hot this year where I live, which was rather nice. And I did so enjoy the laid-back days of sleeping in a little and not having to rush around so much. But no back-to-school blues for me, as my son was starting to get antsy and echo that all-too-common refrain, “Mom, I’m bored,” so getting back into the routine will be somewhat welcome.

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He just turned 13 this weekend and will be in seventh grade. And that’s a good, comfortable place to be (or as comfortable as middle school can ever be). You know the ropes now, you get how things work; you’re in between the newbie sixth-graders and the eighth-graders who are a stone’s throw away from high school and all that that entails.

Best of all, though, for me, back to school means that fall will be here before you know it, and that’s my favorite time of year. So with all this in mind, I’m thinking of a bright, celebratory scent for these remaining happy, sunny days. How about Clinique Wrappings? Or YSL’s Champagne (or Yvresse, as the case may be)? Perhaps a big ‘ol burst of white flowers like Carnal Flower or Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia? I’ll be wearing something along those lines this morning when darling son heads to the bus stop for the big first day of school.

Will you be happy to see school start and summer wind down, or does this time of year make you bittersweet or even a bit blue? What smells like back to school to you?

45 Comments
edpgypsy August 22, 2013

Oh thank you Ann for your sweet reply. And I think you'll be seeing me here a lot! :)

edpgypsy August 22, 2013

It is sad for me that summer is coming to an end. My son is only in his second year of preschool but it's so much more relaxed around our household when I don't have to wake him up to eat breakfast, get ready and out the door first thing in the morning. I also don't want to see the summer weather go. I don't do cold! :) BTW, this is my first post here! Been exploring the place and like what I see!

esscentualalchemy August 13, 2013

Our eldest is entering the 9th grade this fall, and public school for the first time - so this is a pretty big "back to school for us." End of summer usually means I feel more like heavy florals, spices, and woods :)

Jennifer Counts August 12, 2013

I don't have kids, but since I've been out of school I look forward to the end of summer. I look forward to the end of heat more than anything. I want to be able to wear by Memoir Woman and Boxeuses decants! I tried wearing Memoir Woman in the heat when I first got it, and it was maybe a bit much.

Musette August 12, 2013

I'm watching the kids here jam as much vacation into their last couple of days - not a lot of 'I'm bored' around here - this is like some 50s throwback town, with kids on bikes, with their fishing poles...basically you are on your own, with your pals, until grandma rings the dinner bell (and I am not joking - one of my neighbors has one of those bells!). We've had wackadoo weather here - it was high 80s about an hour ago. Now it's cooled down and thunderstorms are in. Huh. Lyric seems to be the only sensible choice. xoxoA

Dina C. August 12, 2013

Dear Ann, I have mixed feelings about the end of summer. I enjoy the months where my two kids (rising 8th grader and rising 11th grader) are in school, so I'm happy to see "Back to School" approaching, but my son has special challenges dealing with schoolwork that make the school year stressful for him, and me as his mom. Enjoy every little bit of this year when your son is a seventh grader. I experienced with both of mine that there is a drastic sea change between seventh and eighth -- all their sweet child-like ways disappear to be replaced with sulky, attitudinal teenager ways. Sigh. My daughter has gone through this this summer, and it is very sad for me to find myself at odds with her so often, and on the receiving end of a lot of scornful disdain. As for scents (Aaaah, a much happier subject!), I live in Virginia where it is hot and humid, so I'm still enjoying my summer goodies. Today is Cartier Declaration edt with its great cardamom note. Earlier this weekend, I wore Vetiver pour Elle and Cristalle eau Verte. These are tried and true summer "Greatest Hits" for me, if you will.

Suzanne August 12, 2013

Hi Ann. This time of year actually has me wishing I could turn back time and go back to school. My college years were some of the best years of my life, and I still think about them thirty years later. I can always love summer, though, so I'll do a perfume toast to that, with you, with a spritz of Carnal Flower. :)

Michelle August 12, 2013

School doesn't start here until after labor day here (can't start before the state fair!), so we're at the part of summer where all activities and camps are done with and we haven't done back-to-school shopping yet. My daughter starts high school this year, which is terrifying as she is only 13 and there has been issues aplenty already. Goddess get me through! My son "officially" starts at the U, although he's been going there 2 years full-time already through PSEO. Only new things there are figuring out the money stuff. This is the first fall for 10 years that I'm not in school! Wow, it didn't really hit me until I wrote it. I've been sampling a lot of new releases, maybe it's about time to pull out some old favorites.

Diana August 12, 2013

This time of year generally makes me a bit wistful for years gone by. However, since moving from NC to IL in Feb 2013, this time of year is just making me sad because I am SO dreading the dark, bitter cold days of winter. I moved to IL for a terrific job but still haven't figured out how to change my attitude to make the winters tolerable. Its a work in progress I suppose.

Connie August 12, 2013

I'm heading off to college for the first time on the twenty-third, and am really dreading leaving all the things I care about behind. So, no, not excited to see summer go. At the same time, autumn is my favorite season, so hopefully that will make the transition a bit more palatable. I am excited for the fall perfume season- I can finally dust off my L'Air de Rien.

masha7 August 12, 2013

My 7th grader is getting bored, too, so he's looking forward to school. Me, I've been enjoying some time off, so I have mixed feelings about getting back to work this week! Ah, well, it's time to be useful again.... We have only 2 seasons here, the "Very Hot Season", and the "Not Quite So Very Hot Season". Fortunately, Chergui is lovely in the heat!

solanace August 12, 2013

To celebrate the end of winter I've been wearing a lot of iris and tobacco. Just ordered a decant of Marron Chic, which I can't seem to get enough of, and I think I'll need more Back to Black. too. Even if it's not as good as Chergui, I really enjoy how it smells of real pipe tobacco - although I think I'll never get a FB exactly for this reason, it isn't complex enough to justify its price. Or am I missing something? Hope your kid has a nice return to school. :-)

Jennifer Smith/bookwyrmsmith August 12, 2013

Not so sure about the Wrappings. I just spritzed some on my wrist yesterday and it seems a bit funky to me -what's it supposed to smell like anyway? They offer it in giftsets arround the holidays but Never have a tester bottle (and I've asked...) I finally blind bought a partial bottle- but hmmm..maybe it's turned..

rosarita August 12, 2013

Hi Ann! School started here last week already, doesn't it just seem crazy early? Fall's my favorite season too but it's been so cool that I've been wearing some different perfumes, esp Bottega Veneta lately and haven't reached much for summer scents. Happy first day to you & your seventh grader :-)

Spiker August 12, 2013

Like Fernando, I'm a teacher. Personally, I'll be going with big scents until I have to tone it down for the students. After all, why not end the summer with a bang?

Lynne Marie August 12, 2013

Love, love love Champagne, I have a small bottle of the original EDP that I parcel out at special times. The weather here has been so beautiful the last few days - sunny, 70's and no humidity, I've been enjoying all my summer scents - Zeta, Orange sanguine etc but looking forward to my fall scents - Gathering Apples, Balmain's Ambergris, and Un Bois Vanille!!

Fernando August 12, 2013

Like most teachers, I'm doing my best to shut out of my mind the sound of the returning crowd. So I'd go for some really intimidating stuff. Black Aoud, perhaps...

Edward August 11, 2013

It is bittersweet, I get to get back to routines and get some well needed structure in my life but at the same time I won't be able to sleep until noon. Haha