(The photo above is from last year. I might have used it before, I’m not sure.)
This week has been school start week in Sweden. The weather is still summery, but at the same time there is an excitement of change and new beginnings in the air, both in nature and in city life. The buses are back on their normal time tables. The streets are buzzing with people. In the clothes shops there are signs with 50% off on summer sales prices, side by side with new items coming in every day. In supermarkets and bookshops there are special tables with everything you might need (or want) for school: pencils and erasers, writing pads and book jacket paper, stickers and whatnots.
It’s been many years since I was actively involved in school activities of any kind; and yet I’m still affected by that special atmosphere this time of year.
I’ve not been buying school supplies, but I still have quite a busy shopping week behind me.
“Calories: Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.”
Because I banished the “calories” from my wardrobe this summer, I now have to do their job myself. Or buy new clothes.
We’ve had a long warm summer when I’ve mostly lived on “salad and strawberries” (take that with a pinch of salt, please!), while wearing loose-fitting clothes with elastic and/or drawstring waistbands, and staying away from the summer sales as well as the ice-cream.
When the weather began to grow slightly cooler again, and it was time to start thinking of getting back into clothes I hadn’t been wearing for three months (or more), I discovered that the same clothes I was thinking of getting rid of back in the spring because they were getting too small, now had to be either sewn in or thrown out because they’ve gotten too big!
After some not quite satisfactory experiments with the sewing machine, I decided last week that I probably needed to buy at least one pair of new jeans.
Trying on clothes in shops again was quite a disconcerting experience at first. Truly, it was really hard to get my head round the fact that I needed to go down not just one, but two sizes compared to just a couple of months ago.
After having made sure that my one new pair of jeans had not shrunk in the bag on the way home (sometimes clothes seems to do that, have you noticed?), I had a major wardrobe clear-out last weekend.
And this week it was back to the shops again…
Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!