It’s that time of year again.
Get out your shopping list and check it twice.
Did you buy enough socks? Underwear? Pants? Are the shoes big enough to be grown into but not so big that they look like clown shoes? Are the clothes appropriately stylish without being…well, inappropriate?
Ah…back-to-school season is here.
I occasionally go to the store during the back-to-school madness so I can watch other moms frantically try to find every last mysterious item on their child’s school list.
In that moment, I am vindicated.
Now that’s a long story…
I homeschool these days, but back when my children were in school, money was tight, and I dreaded the back-to-school madness. (Okay, money’s still tight sometimes these days, too, but I’ve accepted that as part of parenthood.) My kids started the school year with whatever they hadn’t outgrown from the year before. New clothes came at Christmastime. I shopped the after-back-to-school clearance sales.
Even school supplies were fit into the budget throughout the year. Whenever I had spare cash, I would stock up on those things I knew the kids would need. Of course, I waited till August to buy the notebooks, glue, and other items that went on sale for ridiculously amazing prices. Everything else, though, I purchased ahead of time.
Homeschooling creates different back-to-school needs. Old habits die hard, though. I still shop ahead. In fact, I shop so far ahead that I don’t think I’ll need more school supplies until college…
Nonetheless, I was at the store this morning buying a few odds and ends, and I witnessed the back-to-school chaos in full swing.
Parents, clutching their child’s school list, circled the same aisle four and five times looking for that one illusive item (probably the specific brand of pink eraser they were instructed to buy).
Children, panic-ridden, tried to convince their parents that they needed a more attractive backpack than the plain black $10 special that was on sale.
Boys slipped woven nylon binders into the shopping cart when dads weren’t looking.
Girls, heartbroken that the sparkly pink binder only came in the two-inch size when the list said they needed one-inch, sulked and said, “Whatever,” when asked if the other binder was okay.
In that moment, my shop-ahead tendency looked less like neurosis and more like brilliance. I was vindicated in glorious fashion.
And since I don’t have to go crazy trying to find the right brand of glue stick, you know what I get to do with my time?
Read a good book.
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