Monday, August 9, 2010

A B C's and 1 2 3's

I can’t believe it is already time to go back to school!

I can’t believe summer is almost over.

Wait…hold on a minute! Summer is not almost over.

We still have 44 days of summer left, yet we still go back to school on Wednesday. It just doesn’t make any sense.

What ever happened to the good old days of summer? Where did the long, carefree months of summer break go and why did they go so quickly? When I was a kid we celebrated summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And by celebrate, I mean we slept in and played outside day in and day out. Summer seemed to last forever with no worries, not a care in the world.

With that said, I am one of those moms that is looking forward to the beginning of school…well except for one small issue. And that issue is school supplies!

I don’t know about you but I absolutely detest shopping for school supplies. And I detest it so because of the specificity of it.

I mean seriously, is there really a difference between Prang watercolors and Crayola watercolors? And if Prang watercolors are the best then why is it that I can’t find them at any of the local school supply watering holes? And my local school supply watering holes I mean Target and Walmart. I refuse to go all over God’s country to find the exact type of paint for my 1st and 4th graders.

Oh…and why is it necessary to have 8 dry erase markers per child? That means in a classroom of 25 kids there will be 200 dry erase markers in the classroom, that is a little more than one dry erase marker per classroom per day. Hmmm… seems a bit excessive.

And pencils? Why am I spending my time sharpening 72 pencils? Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t schools have pencil sharpeners? And why is it necessary that each child have 36 pencils?

Now that the bitching about school supply shopping is done…I want to send out a big huge hug to those teachers that have such a huge influence on my kids every year. I was raised in a family whose mom was a very caring teacher who took her job seriously. And I feel so very lucky to have my kids surrounded by the same kind of quality teachers.

Welcome back kids!


  1. One of our local school districts received some sort of grant this year and actually managed to avoid school supply lists. The ENTIRE school student body will have supplies - supplied by - the school itself. Kids get to school there next Monday morning and other than their standard issue clear/see thru backpack they purchase themselves, all other supplies are provided.

    Wish it was that way everywhere...yet again...I love shopping for school supplies. Makes me want to be a kid again every year!

  2. I didn't realize schools were so strict with their supply requirements these days. Gone are the days of zebra-print journals and Crayold crayons, huh? Good luck finding all that you need and hope you don't have to spend a fortune to send your children off to school!

    Man, I miss those carefree days of summer. It's all so different when you work in a corporate office. Those were the days!



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