So, with the end of the summer 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 a year ago as the kids have grown by a lot 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 In Bulk You understand my frustration, don’t you Mamas (and Daddies)? Back to school Lists which seem to grow each year. Searching everywhere for your one item the teacher was very specific about (brand, type, color) and going to many different stores before -eureka!- you locate it! Dragging your children along in order to get the items that suit them best, but finding yourself frustrated 1 minute into the several hour shopping trip because no one wants to be there (including you). Feeling as though you might be scrounging out every last penny to ensure that they may have everything they require.
This season 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 a lot of the supplies for my three children in a single trip. Each child experienced a list that was a complete page long. The college supply aisles were filled with children and parents, a number of whom were screaming at said children. I was trying my best to ensure that my children were obtaining the right supplies and that they could actually choose colors etc, whenever they could. I wanted this to be a FUN experience, a little boost to allow them to get back into the swing of school. However, we had been all just flustered. After an hour or so as well as a half and tears from two of my three children, we determined we had exactly what we needed minus the items that we would need to create a special visit to another store for.
The cart filled until it had been literally heaping and things kept falling in the top and toppling to the floor. I dreaded pushing the cart to checkout. Just looking at the quantity 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 take a look at and, as expected, I had been a bit shell-shocked in the amount. The total amount was approximately what our kids would purchase about 3 weeks of groceries. I handed over my debit card having a grimace and could feel my children watching my reaction when i did so. This had not been the enjoyment back-to-school outing i had wished for.
We packed up our bags and walked out to the vehicle. Because I was loading the numerous bags into my trunk, I noticed the family in a car alongside ours. There is a Mom and her son engaging in a rusted, older model car. She held onto one, single bag that appeared to be full of school supplies and he proudly paraded towards the car bearing his new backpack on his little back. I was able to lbtlvz a snippet of their conversation. She was stating that they would buy just a couple supplies per week until that they had them all and trying to reassure him it was okay should they didn’t get them all on the first day – everything works out. They made their way into their car (which took several tries to start) and drove off with their small bag of school supplies in tow. We sat, humbled, inside our car which had been full for the brim with the supplies of my three kiddos.