I know I've spoken about this before here on this blog, but I have to confess - this is one of the hardest times of the year for me.
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Not because I was once a teacher and I have this overwhelming desire to get back into a classroom. Although, come fall, I do think about the joy that a new class could bring. The excitement of going back to work after a couple of months off. The anticipation of an eager group of students ready to get to down to learning. The potential. Usually that wears off when I see teachers' cars parked in the school parking lot weeks before school really does begin. To think that teachers take 2 full months off is definitely off the mark - they're usually back well before they're 'required' to return in order to prepare for the new year.
The problem is the back to school flyers! Yes, I'm addicted (scary addicted) to school supplies and this time of the year gives me palpatations! Shiny new notebooks and binders. Wonderful pens and pencils, usually priced for a song. Clips, post-it notes (ooh, I have a real affection for those), file folders. And markers and highlighters, oh my! Then there's the funky new laptop bags and backpacks. Can you tell I'm glancing at the Staples Back to School Flyer right this very moment?
I do have some things to pick up - legitimately out of them - and now's the perfect time with the unbeatable prices. I think I'll wait until Thursday or Friday, when the kids are back in school, then I'll head into town and try to control myself. I'll take a list and stick to it...
Who out there in Blogland has an affinity for school supplies? I can't be the only one, can I?