Last weekend was perfect. The sun was shining, birds were singing and there was a nip in the air. It was a time for gathering, and the perfect place to be was the River Clay Fine Arts Festival held on the lawn of Decatur City Hall.

Motherhood is the world’s oldest profession. It’s no wonder that when mothers hear the word “labor” that they immediately think of giving birth. And birthing babies is definitely labor and, in no way, resembles a holiday that includes a picnic or a cookout.

As a former teacher, this time of year sends chills down my spine. I love walking through aisles and aisles of back-to-school items and purchasing more than a pen or two along with a notebook just because I can’t seem to help myself. The best years of my life were spent in the basement of th…