I used to think that clothes shopping was the worst of the bunch. I live in envy of people who can order a pair of shoes in “their” size and poof, like magic they fit. And don’t even get me started on jeans.
But no, it’s all been topped.
Back-to-school shopping nearly did me in. It took three stores just to complete one list. Three stores!
It seems every kid on the planet was told to bring plastic folders to school this year, because they were few and far between. There were paper ones. Paper ones with LEGO men on them and paper ones with Hello Kitty on them and paper ones in a myriad of colors. But plastic? You’ve got to be joking.
It was like the proverbial hunt for a needle in a haystack. Only we needed five needles — one red, one green, one blue, and then two more in colors of “her choice.”
In the midst of all of this I learned that colored pencils with erasers actually exist. I was a Doubty McDoubypants after two rounds around a particular big box store with a giant red target in the logo. I thought it was a typo – at best. But lo and behold, there they were: colored pencils with erasers. Who knew? Am I just that old?
Ah, but this was back-to-school shopping, so I suppose an education was in order.
There weren’t many, so I grabbed while the grabbing was good.
Come to think of it, perhaps I should have done a lot more grabbing to fend off the same fruitless searching next year. But by then who knows, colored pencils with erasers will have been replaced with something really cool … like pencils that sharpen themselves. Oh wait … am I showing my age again?
How long did back-to-school shopping take you this year?
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