The dreaded season of
School Shopping Lists
or as I think of it
"Let's throw money away like it's nuthin'."
I don't know why I must buy 24 wood pencils,
because my kids don't use them.
They prefer, and we buy,
Same goes for the 12 pack of eraser tips.
Three yellow highlighters,
One orange highlighter,
One blue highlighter,
3 red pens,
n' two black sharpies.
But ya know what gets me?
really annoys me?
The "must-have" protractor and compass.
Sure, they're cheap.
It's not that--
it's that the kids spend about ten minutes
ever using them in 6th grade
and never again.
But we have to buy another one
every. stinkin'. year.
Perhaps other kids hold onto theirs
and pass 'em down to the next of kin,
but my yahoos
about 20 minutes after they use them.
But every year,
they are on The List.
Other things on The List?
I want to know why kids need to
bring baggies to school.
I can't recall my yahoos bringing home
50 baggies of something during the year,
When I was a kid,
The List was short:
Two #2 pencils.
One blue ball-point pen.
1 pack 100-count notebook paper.
1 Blue three-ring binder.
1 pack of index cards.
We didn't have backpacks,
we did have bungee cord things
to bundle our books together
for the walks to and from school.
We used brown paper sacks
or newspaper comics
to make our own book covers.
As for clothing,
well growing up in Miami,
the list was equally short:
sneakers (sandals were the preferred footwear,
but one had to have sneakers for PE),
a pair of white socks for those PE sneakers,
a PE uniform as such:
just like those.
And as far as I can recall,
that was it.
Elementary Girls weren't allowed to wear pants
unless it was 60o outside.
I was thrilled to be able to buy pants (not jeans)
in 7th grade!
Jeans were unacceptable for girls back in the day,
until we moved to South Carolina my sophomore year
and I finally bought my first pair of jeans then!
It was a big deal.
When I think about how little we brought with us to school,
I am amazed at the generation I grew up in
and the wonderful accomplishments that came from that era.
I wonder if Bill Gates still has his compass and protractor?