So, with the end of the summer time comes the inevitable back-to-school shopping. Summer’s easy livin’ shorts, tanks and flip-flops are replaced with school clothes one size up from a year ago because the kids have grown by a lot under the summer sun. Feet are crammed into new tennis shoes since the children look longingly at their flip flops, dirty and ragged from a summer of adventures.
The Office Supplies Online You know my frustration, don’t you Mamas (and Daddies)? To school Lists which manage to grow each and every year. Searching high and low for that one item that this teacher was very specific about (brand, type, color) and going to a number of different stores before -eureka!- you discover it! Dragging your kids along to enable them to purchase the items that suit them best, but finding yourself frustrated one minute in to the several hour shopping trip because no one wants to be there (including you). Feeling as if you might be scrounging out every last penny to ensure that they have everything they want.
This year I came across myself nearly in tears as I shopped with my three kids. We had been in Target (ironically, my happy place) and were looking to get a lot of the supplies for my three children in one trip. Each child experienced a list which had been a full page long. The school supply aisles were packed with children and parents, a number of whom were screaming at said children. I used to be trying my best to ensure the kids were having the right supplies and that they were able to pick out colors etc, when they could. I wanted this to become a FUN experience, a bit boost to allow them to get into the swing of school. However, we were all just flustered. After an hour or so and a half and tears from two of my three children, we determined that people had everything that we needed less the items which we would have to produce a special journey to another store for.
The cart filled until it was literally heaping and things kept falling in the top and toppling for the floor. I dreaded pushing the cart to checkout. Just looking at the level of supplies within the cart made my checkbook tremble. But, we pushed our heaping cart (ever so carefully, while occasionally getting the boxes of crayons that kept sliding to the floor) for the check out and, as expected, I was just a little shell-shocked at the amount. The total amount was about what our family would pay for about 3 weeks of groceries. I handed over my debit card having a grimace and may feel my kids watching my reaction as I did so. This had not been the enjoyment back-to-school outing that I had hoped for.
We packed up our bags and walked in the market to the vehicle. When I was loading the numerous bags into my trunk, I noticed the household in a car close to ours. There was clearly a Mom and her son getting into a rusted, older model car. She held onto one, single bag that seemed to be filled with school supplies and that he proudly paraded towards the car bearing his new backpack on his little back. I could lbtlvz a snippet of the conversation. She was stating that they would buy only a few supplies per week until they had all of them and attempting to reassure him which it was okay should they didn’t ask them to all on the first day – everything would work out. They made their distance to their car (which took several attempts to start) and drove with their small bag of school supplies in tow. We sat, humbled, in our car which had been full towards the brim with all the supplies of my three kiddos.