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 this past year since the kids have grown by leaps and bounds under the summer sun. Feet are crammed into new tennis shoes as the children look longingly at their flip flops, dirty and ragged from a summer of adventures.
The School Supplies Online You understand my frustration, don’t you Mamas (and Daddies)? Back to school Lists which appear to grow every year. Searching high and low for that one item the teacher was very specific about (brand, type, color) and likely to a number of different stores before -eureka!- you locate it! Dragging your young ones along in order to purchase the items that suit them best, but finding yourself frustrated 1 minute into the several hour shopping trip because nobody wants to become there (including you). Feeling as if you happen to be scrounging out every last penny to make certain that they may have everything they require.
This coming year I came across myself nearly in tears when i shopped with my three kids. We had been in Target (ironically, my happy place) and were looking to get most of the supplies for my three children in one trip. Each child enjoyed a list which had been a full page long. The school supply aisles were full of 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 had the ability to select colors etc, whenever they could. I wanted this to be a FUN experience, a bit boost for them to get into the swing of school. However, we were all just flustered. After an hour and a half and tears from 2 of my three children, we determined that people had anything that we needed less the things that we would need to produce a special journey to another store for.
The cart filled until it was literally heaping and things kept falling from the top and toppling to 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 obtaining the boxes of crayons that kept sliding to the floor) to the check out and, as expected, I was a little shell-shocked on the amount. The exact amount was about what our kids would purchase about 3 weeks of groceries. I handed over my debit card having a grimace and may feel the kids watching my reaction when i did so. This had not been the enjoyment back-to-school outing which i had expected.
We packed up our bags and walked to the automobile. As I was loading the various bags into my trunk, I noticed the household in the car alongside ours. There was a Mom and her son getting into a rusted, older model car. She held onto one, single bag that seemed to be packed with school supplies and then he proudly paraded to the car bearing his new backpack on his little back. I really could lbtlvz a snippet of their conversation. She was saying that they might buy just a few supplies per week until that they had every one of them and seeking to reassure him it was okay when they didn’t have them all on the first day – everything would work out. They made their way into their car (which took several attempts to start) and drove with their small bag of school supplies in tow. We sat, humbled, within our car which was full to the brim using the supplies of my three kiddos.