Who loves back to school shopping? I don’t…lol! BUT, I do love that Staples commercial….you know the one I’m talking about where the dad is skipping down the aisles so happy…..the kids will be back in school soon! It’s literally around the corner for me….and I know some of you have more summer ahead of you, but shopping is in your future, and as I found out, it’s NOT too early to start looking for back to school supplies!
I have to admit, private school has its ups and downs. The best part of back to school shopping there is the uniform…a NO brainer….yay! Did that before vacation in and out in about an hour with just one major meltdown in the dressing room…I’d say we were successful! I don’t want to think about what it might be like to have to outfit 3 – 5 year olds….with the latest and greatest! Just thinking about it, and picking out clothes in the morning, gives me the chills. To those of you doing this already, more power to you, I am not envious!
However, I remember fondly going school shopping each year with my mom…one of my favorites were a pair of teal corduroys, and my teal pumas….oh, how I loved them! I was all ready to go:) My kids have their white shirts, blue pants, plaid jumpers and skirts…and they are ready too, I hope. I think that is why they might get so excited about school supplies….the part I dread the most BUT go with it, because we need them, and if its where the joy is for them, might as well go with it (until I can’t take anymore).
Speaking of, I shopped the other day for 6th grade supplies…..because I did NOT do the pre-ordered backpack like all my friends (because I am a sucker and my daughter enjoys buying school supplies-ugh!)….and by the time I hit the 3rd store…..I was done! All the joy was gone, and the stress was starting to seep in. BTW, did you know they don’t make white folders (not here anyway) and we NEED one……..to whoever added that to the list, BUY me one, or we’re NOT going to have one. Let’s not discuss the calculator…I wish I saved mine from college!
As the day progressed, and even though we were EARLY in school supply shopping so there were little crowds, I had to stop to laugh and cry. Just watching, and seeing how much she enjoys this, and how much I am starting to “dislike” it…..especially now that its x4. Okay, I will admit, it was fun and we got to spend some quality time together, so don’t tell her but I already pre-oredered the backpack supplies for the 2012/2013 school year…lol! As I said on FB, now its onto shoes…..for 4……as my daughter says, they have to be black, blue, no buckles, no laces, no pumps, no xyz……do you hear the anxiety building?!?! THIS is when I think, WHY private school?!?!? Let’s not get off topic!
What amazed me as we were shopping were the lists, the number of supplies needed on them, and the choices….wow! Remember I went to 3 stores….Staples, Target and Walmart…..who had lots of the same stuff BUT different styles, colors, etc. When I was a kid, you had a notebook (5 subject if you were lucky), pens, pencils, and that PINK rubber band thingy that held all your books together….no backpack…and certainly not on wheels! Maybe a boyfriend who was willing to carry them…I didn’t even have that…lol! Kids these days have NO idea how easy they’ve go it!
Which brings me to my whole point in writing this blog (I know I get distracted sometimes…so thanks for bearing with me)….FOSTER KIDS! Yes, they want and need new school supplies too! They would LOVE to be back to school shopping, getting new clothes, supplies, and spending the day. So, when I saw a post on FB I thought I have to blog and ask you…..as you are shopping for school supplies this year PLEASE pick up a few extra items, or a backpack filled with pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, highlighters, and all the fun stuff and drop it off at your local CPS office! Imgaine the smile on a childs face….ALL kids want and need to start the year off right with new supplies….and YOU can help them do it! It’s that simple.
So, as I am shoe shopping, I hope you will have fun with shopping for back to school supplies…..for ALL the kids
Together we can make a difference…one child at a time!
Do you enjoy school supply shopping? What is on your list this year? Do you recycle last years items? Will you help out and fill a backpack for a child in need? Do you know where your local DHS/CPS office is?