Can you smell it? Fall is in the air! Football practices are in full swing, band camps are starting, long-awaited vacations are now the stuff of memory albums, mums are for sale at the grocery stores, and the cash registers are going ca-ching! Cash registers??? Yes. At least those in our town, where I have spent waayy too much money on school supplies.
Gone are the days of a those blue-denimish three-ring binders, a package of subject dividers, and a shiny new lunch box. Now, the lists read something like this:
• 24 sharpened pencils (each labeled with the child's name please)
• 4 yellow highlighters (also labeled)
• 3 red pencils (sharpened, of course)
• 3 red pens (no gel ink, thank you)
• 24 glue sticks (I'm still trying to figure out how one first grader can possibly use 24 glue sticks.)
• a 3-inch binder with zipper closure and pockets for storage (Do you know how hard these are to find?)
• 4 boxes of kleenex (only the 250 count will do)
• 3 containers of antibacterial wipes (like these help at all!!)
and oh yes, don't forget that memory stick for computer projects. Huh??? A memory stick??? Now, we are blessed that our children attend christian school and so their supply lists are probably longer than most, but still........a memory stick??
My kids' backpacks are so full on the first day of school that I worry about back injuries occurring between the car pool line and their new classrooms! And you can imagine my dismay when, in June, we get unopened watercolor paint sets, unused protractors, not to mention, brand new glue sticks back home again in the same overstuffed backpacks. And, of course, since they are all properly labeled with child #2's name, rank, and serial number, child #3 can't use them next year!
When did these endless supplies become a prerequisite for learning? Oh for the simpler days when all Miss Beadle required in Walnut Grove was a slate and a lunchpail!