So, with the end of the summer comes the inevitable back-to-school shopping. Summer’s easy livin’ shorts, tanks and flip-flops are substituted with school clothes one size-up from a year ago since the kids have grown by a lot under the summer sun. Feet are crammed into new tennis shoes because the children look longingly at their flip flops, dirty and ragged from a summer of adventures.
The Office Supplies Cheap You understand my frustration, don’t you Mamas (and Daddies)? Returning to school Lists which manage to grow each and every year. Searching high and low for that one item that the teacher was very specific about (brand, type, color) and planning to many different stores before -eureka!- you locate it! Dragging your young ones along so that they can get the items that suit them best, but finding yourself frustrated one minute to the several hour shopping trip because nobody wants to be there (including you). Feeling like you are scrounging out every last penny to make certain that they have everything they want.
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 a single trip. Each child enjoyed a list which had been a full page long. The college supply aisles were packed with children and parents, several of whom were screaming at said children. I had been trying my best to ensure that the kids were getting the right supplies and that they had the ability to pick out colors etc, when they could. I needed this as a FUN experience, just a little boost so they can get into the swing of school. However, we had been all just flustered. After one hour as well as a half and tears from 2 of my three children, we determined we had exactly what we needed less the items which we would need to produce a special trip to another store for.
The cart filled until it was literally heaping and things kept falling in the top and toppling to the floor. I dreaded pushing the cart to checkout. Just studying the quantity of supplies in 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) towards the take a look at and, as expected, I was just a little shell-shocked in the amount. The total amount was about what our family would purchase about 3 weeks of groceries. I handed over my debit card with a grimace and could feel my kids watching my reaction when i did so. This had not been the enjoyment back-to-school outing i had hoped for.
We packed up our bags and walked to the car. Because I was loading the numerous bags into my trunk, I noticed the family in the vehicle alongside ours. There is 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 he proudly paraded for the car bearing his new backpack on his little back. I could lbtlvz a snippet of the conversation. She was saying that they might buy only a few supplies a week until they had them all and trying to reassure him which it was okay when they didn’t have them all on the first day – everything is acceptable 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, inside our car which was full to the brim with all the supplies of my three kiddos.