School starts for my son on the 6th of August this year. I started making all the preparations today. First, by stopping at his new school to make sure all the paperwork/transcripts were transferred over from his elementary school. Then it was off to buy all his school supplies. It’s rare that I make Jacob go with me shopping, but I felt he needed to go with me this time. So $105.93 and two hours later, school supplies were bought.
Wait. What was that? $105.93 for school supplies?! Is this a joke? Nope. No joke.
A friend said I should’ve waited for the back-to-school sales to start. I did wait and believe me, Jacob really didn’t get anything fancy. Well, I take that back. I splurged on an $8 zipper pencil case thing-a-ma-bob, after he gave me his sad, puppy-dog eyes (that usually works). The supply list called specifically for a zippered pencil case anyway, but I didn’t have to buy the most expensive one in the store.
Anyway, I got to thinking about it later and looked back at the receipt. 105-friggin’ dollars?! Are you kidding me?! What the hell did I buy? The supply list was crazy, like they have to have a whole pack of highlighters? What the hell for? And then folders, oh but not any folders. These had to be plastic, with pockets, and clasps in the middle. They even specified the colors. And hand sanitizer…really? I’m all for sanitizing. Of course, I am. I buy it for our house once a month. But shouldn’t the school provide that? They can buy that kind of stuff in bulk, can’t they? The same goes for Kleenex. But each student has to have their own bottle of sanitizer and tissue.
You wouldn’t think that 5th graders would spend a lot of time coloring, but the school is telling me that he has to have 24 colored pencils, 30 colored markers, and 24 crayons? I don’t get it. My Mother’s Day card better be a masterpiece – something I’ll be able to sell at an art auction to some mysterious man wearing a weird black hat, with squinty eyes, who stands in the back corner leaning up against the wall and places a bid with the nod of his head and has to have this masterpiece because it reminds him of the close relationship he and his mother had before she was killed in a horrible accident involving a tomato and a meat grinder.
I still have uniforms to buy for him, which I have to tailor myself. *sigh*
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