Take a deep breath, shoppers. It’s school-supply-list season!
Each year, we lurch around Target, while I try to (a) read the lists with one hand and steer the cart with the other, (b) find the cheapest item that will fulfill the obligation, (c) stay out of the way of other irate supply-list shoppers, (d) keep my children in some kind of close proximity, (e) explain to Youngest that no, he can’t get anything off of THAT list because his grade uses THIS list, and (f) explain to Eldest that although he is indeed picking things out, he won’t be able to keep them because they are headed for the “community pile,” so we don’t really need to spend a half hour deciding between the green folder and the blue folder.
Here’s an idea: why doesn’t the school just order all of the supplies themselves? We’re already paying fees for books and technology and field trips…how about just add another fee to that and keep us out of the equation? Plus, if the school ordered supplies in bulk, they’d get a discount! And everything would come out of the community pile (rather than going into it) so it would be like the school was giving the kids presents!! It’s a win-win!
I’d happily kick in a few extra bucks not to have to do this Odyssey of The Absurd every year–especially since the list goes far beyond your basic items. Folders and notepaper? Absolutely. Garbage bags and reams of paper? Not so much.
Husband’s response to the news that we had to provide EIGHT large glue sticks: “Well, then I better see something glued come home Every. Single. Day.”