It is hard to believe that it is already back-to-school
time. My niece started on July 31st (crazy early, right?) and the
neighborhood schools here all start in the next two weeks. My son will be
starting first grade this year and is excited about having
school recess again.
I, on the other hand, am a little sad.
Not about Miles going back to school or about the thought of how heartbroken his little sister will be when he is gone for big parts of the day (though she will be) but of something that is perhaps a bit silly.
I am sad about buying school supplies.
We have our last of mandatory supplies: 24 (!) glue sticks, four notebooks in primary colors only, two boxes of pencils, one tub of Clorox wipes, etc…all that will get dumped into a communal bin on open house night. At least $50 in supplies and nothing really fun in the bag!
Now, I get that teachers need supplies and I certainly don’t think they should have to buy basic things out of their own wallets but I’m kind of bummed that my kids won’t get the fun of choosing the folders or pencils or notebooks that they like best. I remember loving getting to choose between the My Little Pony or Barbie Trapper Keeper and how pumped I was to have a Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block folder for turning in homework.
I will confess that I am someone who self-medicates by buying cute office supplies (my grad school binders are polka dots and are adorable) so I might be alone in this complaint, but doesn’t it just seem less fun than it used to be? I’m glad that this means that all of the kids in his class will have the supplies they need, I just wish there was some room for a Star Wars folder or two!
Does your child’s school do the shared supplies thing too? How do you feel about it?