Today is going to be the big day. I am excited and anxious, all at the same time. I am psyching myself up for the big moment, and dreading it.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, is OnlySon’s shopping list this year.School pouch or box #2 pencils pencil top erasors black and red pens markers scissors calculator protractor glue stick 12″ ruler spiral notebooks-not perforated (red, blue, yellow green) looseleaf paper plastic accordion folder 12oz. hand sanitizer pocket folder (music) swimsuit (pe) Tennis shoes
Now, of course, I have not seen a shopping list for YoungerDaughter, because, you know, high school is too cool for that, and doesn’t tell them what they need, they’re just supposed to know, ya know?
Feh. That’s just stupid. For years they (the school system) indoctrinates you with the admonition that you “need to get exactly the supplies they tell you, in whichever store they like best, or they’ll simply send your child home, uneducated, because you bought the wrong stuff, dummy! Who made you a Mom? You need to have your license re-checked and re-tested!”
Now, I realize that by this time, there’s a certain freedom of choice when it comes to supplies. High school kids don’t have to have a lot of the specialized gear that the younger kids need, because they can, er, they’re supposed to, know how to organize their school lives for themselves by now. (supposed to) They should know that math and science are separate subjects, and that they need different pages for their homework. (Never, never cross the streams – or ZUUL will come and eat your erasers!)
But really? After telling me what brand to buy, where to buy it, what colors to buy it in, and how many you’ll need for your classroom, you can’t just leave us dangling when our kids get to high school! Please, as a busy, working-mom with 1 in junior high, and one in high school, I need a little nudge in the right direction! Just a hint, please?
‘Cause I think there’s a test on this later.