It’s that time of year again — back to school! And that also means it’s time to shop for school supplies. I loooove me some school supplies. I always have. There’s something about fresh notebooks and brand new three-ring-binders that puts some extra pep in my step.
Yesterday, my kid and I made a Target run so we could get him all set up for the school year. As we were collecting the supplies that matched his teachers’ EXACT specifications (a green folder with two pockets and three prongs; a blue 2-in 3-ring binder with a clear pocket cover; a graphing calculator that is only SLIGHTLY different than the one I purchased last year yet to this day I have never, ever seen my kid using, etc.) we came across a woman whose arms were full of crayon boxes and colored pencils. She saw us running around trying to get everything on the list and said with a smile, “Oh, I miss those days when my kids were young and we went back-to-school shopping!”
“Yeah, I can imagine,” I replied.
“I miss it so much I still go every year and buy school supplies,” she continued. “But I donate them.”
I told her how nice that was and we parted ways. I’m not going to lie–I thought she was a little weird. At first. But then I got to thinking and I came to a realization: That woman was future me. I LOVE school supply shopping and heck yeah I bet you I’ll still be doing it after my kids are out on their own. I totally don’t blame her.
Who can resist the allure of crisp, college-ruled paper wrapped in cellophane?!? Or the brand-new, perfectly rectangular erasers still in their packaging? The stuff of dreams I tell you.
I’ve got a few more years of school supply shopping for my own kids ahead of me, but even when they’re out of the house, I’m going to make that Target run all by myself every year and buy enough loose-leaf paper to bathe in. Oh yeah.