September brings a change in energy as the days are cooler and shorter, summer is coming to an end. It is time to get back into routine again.
It’s la rentrée today, back to school and college but here in France, la rentrée is far more than that. In August it’s not just school that is out but the government, offices, restaurants and businesses are also AWOL. Many French families take a long holiday for much of August too.
For weeks shops and the media have been talking about la rentrée. The supermarkets have been piled high with exercise books, pens and folders. Harrassed mamans scan the aisles clutching long lists because French pupils are expected to provide all their own stationery and equipment.
This weekend our friends and neighbours have been wishing us and each other bonne rentrée à tous.
For me, la rentrée has a special significance this year as I am returning to normal routine (I hope!) after an operation and long convalescence. Chez moi, je suis le chef du bureau and my desk had ended up being a dumping ground.
I have been preparing for la rentrée by tidying up, putting my papers in order and organising…ranger mes affaires, trizer les papiers and organiser.
I wish you a bonne rentrée. Je souhaite une bonne rentrée.