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 last year since the kids have grown by leaps and bounds under the summer sun. Feet are crammed into new tennis shoes since the children look longingly at their flip flops, dirty and ragged from a summer of adventures.
The School Supplies Online You know my frustration, don’t you Mamas (and Daddies)? Back to school Lists which appear to grow each year. Searching everywhere for your one item that this teacher was very specific about (brand, type, color) and likely to a number of different stores before -eureka!- you discover it! Dragging your young ones along to enable them to purchase the things that suit them best, but finding yourself frustrated 1 minute in to the several hour shopping trip because no one wants to be there (including you). Feeling as if you happen to be scrounging out every last penny to ensure that they may have everything they need.
This season I came across myself nearly in tears because i shopped with my three kids. We were in Target (ironically, my happy place) and were hoping to get most of the supplies for my three children in just one trip. Each child enjoyed a list which had been an entire page long. The school supply aisles were filled with children and parents, many of whom were screaming at said children. I had been trying my best to ensure that my kids were getting the right supplies and they had the ability to select colors and such, whenever they could. I needed this as a FUN experience, just a little boost so they can get back 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 that people had exactly what we needed minus the items that we would have to make a special trip to another store for.
The cart filled until it was literally heaping and things kept falling of the top and toppling for the floor. I dreaded pushing the cart to checkout. Just exploring the quantity of supplies within the cart made my checkbook tremble. But, we pushed our heaping cart (very carefully, while occasionally obtaining the boxes of crayons that kept sliding towards the floor) to the check out and, as expected, I had been a little shell-shocked at the amount. The total amount was approximately what my family would pay for about 3 weeks of groceries. I handed over my debit card using a grimace and may feel my kids watching my reaction as I did so. This had not been the fun back-to-school outing i had wished for.
We packed up our bags and walked to the automobile. As I was loading the many bags into my trunk, I noticed the family in the car next to 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 filled with school supplies and that he proudly paraded for the car bearing his new backpack on his little back. I could lbtlvz a snippet of their conversation. She was proclaiming that they would buy only a few supplies per week until that they had them all and seeking to reassure him it was okay when they didn’t get 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 off with their small bag of school supplies in tow. We sat, humbled, within our car that was full for the brim with the supplies of my three kiddos.