Story and Illustration by Jenny Lee Fowler
The rhythm of the academic calendar roots deep into our own childhoods. I can still feel the awkward sweat of wearing a back-to-school turtleneck and corduroy pants while Indian summer blazed on around me and the new-kid feeling of standing on the playground while all of the other kids poured out in reunion with old friends. In September, life leans hard into the year ahead—ready or not.
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