Supplies of days gone by…sweet Disney Princess backpack and all.
Every year I say I’m going to buy the ready made school supply packs offered by our PTO to save time but every year I “forget.”
Who am I kidding, really?
I LOVE THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
New crayons? Make me giddy.
Fresh notebooks? Make me smile.
Colorful folders? Make me drool.
Where I fail, and miserably so, at grocery store couponing and meal planning I make up for in the school supply aisles.
Maybe I’m reliving my youth as my rural elementary school years in the 70s and 80s were sadly deprived of many school supply options. There was one school supply store in town and Target didn’t exist (SHUDDER). I remember being all cool and big time with my denim three-ring notebook plastered with scratch and sniff stickers. When Trapper Keepers hit the scene I was overjoyed. In high school I loved the tiny closet of a school supply store where you could blow your change on cool pencils and fun, squishy pencil grips and folders with colored photos of adorable kittens or puppies.
This weekend I was at Staples with hubby and Miss A to pick up a few things. As we were finishing up I spotted a binder on Miss C’s list but I was completely indecisive as to what color to get for her (she was at a friend’s house for the day.) Finally I grabbed a bright blue binder as it matches the color of her new travel soccer jersey. Yes. As a matter of fact I am a tad OCD.
“MOM,” groaned an exasperated Miss A, practically tugging my arm off to snap me out of my school supply coma. “That’s a great color. COME ON. Let’s GO…”
As we rounded the corner and began walking toward the checkout line I spotted some colorful pencil cases. “Wait! There’s just one more thing I want to check out!”
If I ever sign up for a 5K I’m going to channel this feeling. Never underestimate the endurance of a mom fueled by iced coffee and the allure of new school supplies.
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