I’m sure I’ll write this same post every year…
…but I just got back from Target where I was shopping for school supplies from our classroom list.
Good God. That was like some kind of bizarre and torturous scavenger hunt. I felt like I was forced to travel to every remote corner of the store to find one hard-to-spot item in every aisle. The back-to-school section was very picked over, as Target finds it much more important to stock cute-but-useless things for college dorm rooms than to have boatloads of PENCILs for crying out loud. And of course if you stop in the frozen food section, you better hightail it through the whole cleaning section before your food thaws. I also wonder what happened to the 27 pair of scissors that were purchased for our classroom last year, but must be re-purchased again EVERY year, it seems.
I know I should have gotten over the shock by now of having to supply so many cleaning products and cold-prevention supplies (with all the Kleenex, wipies, and hand sanitizer one might think the kids won’t actually get sick. ha ha ha, such folly.) Yet I still grumble about having to provide all these supplies, even though I know there isn’t anyone else who can pay for them and why shouldn’t I buy my own child’s tissues? (well, for my own child it’s because I know he’ll continue to use his shirt sleeve.)
And yes, every year I will gripe about the inefficiency of every family having to purchase 25+ different items in small quantities when someone could go to Costco and load up on this stuff for half the price (uh no, sorry, I don’t have time to be that person to actually GO to Costco though.) I also feel like the supply-delivery should be staggered throughout the year so the teacher doesn’t have to store a wall of paper towels in the classroom from day 1. And won’t the last tub of Clorox wipes be dry by June 2011?
In regards to backpacks, my son is acting the same way I do about purses – he’s having a hard time parting with his beloved and ratty backpack from last year. It’ll last a bit longer and he asked if we could eventually pack it away because it’s been “like a buddy to him.” Based on my purse experience, I know how comfortable one can get with the size, shape, and number and placements of pockets. None of the potential replacements I looked at tonight seemed like they could fill the shoes of his current pack.
OK, I’m sounding too much like Andy Rooney.
The start of a new school year is a little life event in each year. Friends are posting their first day of school pictures on Facebook and I love seeing the kids looking all clean and fresh and eager and maybe a little uncertain. Hopefully our kids will all look the same on that first day that’s looming in the next few weeks and we’ll all keep a (mostly) dry eye as we leave them to start Kindergarten or to begin a one-year-older grade.
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