It's that time of year again - time to shop for school supplies. I can't say I'm a big fan of this activity. Judging from the faces of some of the other moms I saw shopping in the school supply aisle, I'd have to say that my sentiments were shared.
Why is that? Well, for one thing, the supply lists are so darn particular. Under pencils, for example, it said, "Four packages of 10 pack number 2 pencils, sharpened." Four packs? Seriously? And I could only find 8 packs and 12 packs. What do I do ? I thought. Should I get 5 packages of 8 packs or 4 packages of 12 packs? I went with 4 packages of 8 packs, because what second grader is going to go through 40 pencils in less than a year?
Then there were the folders. The list said, "Six two-pocket folders. One red, one yellow, one green, one blue, one purple, one black."
"But I want a Pokemon folder," my son said.
"Sorry, kid. We have to follow the directions."
"But Pikachu is yellow."
"Yeah," I said, "and Pipwup is blue, but I don't think that's going to fly with your teacher."
"Aw, come on!"
"If you got an issue with that, tell it to the teacher!"
Poor kid. Isn't school supply shopping fun?