Back to school

It’s Sunday evening. Tomorrow my son and daughter will enter the 8th and 5th grades respectively.

Summer seemed to fly by, especially the last couple of weeks. The past few days? GAAA! There were one or two last minute school supplies to be purchased along with shoes and clothes. My son assured me he didn’t need any new clothes, but my daughter? She “needed” plenty. A guess a girl’s gotta have a new outfit or two to begin the school year.

Friday afternoon my daughter found the perfect pair of tennis shoes at the Penney’s just 10 minutes away from our house. Saturday morning she informed me they were too small. So, back to the conveniently located JCP to fight the back-to-school-tax-free-weekend-coupon-bearing crowds for the next larger size. Bad news: they didn’t have the size she needed. Good news: they had the right size at another location. Bad news: It’s Memorial City Mall in Houston. It’s almost impossible to find a parking space at this mall on a slow day. Saturday was parking lot Armageddon.

Much like the Christmas shopping season, the weekend before school starts is when all the rank amateurs come out to the malls. This was no different. But we were able to get in and out of there in less than 2 hours–an hour and a half of that time spent in the parking lot. Okay, I may be exaggerating a tiny bit about that, but you get my drift. Mission accomplished.

The last of my back to school shopping adventures was a trip to the Walmarts. Just needed some bottled water, lunch supplies and a few snacks. Of course, it was a mad house. I noticed a huge, angst-filled crowd pawing through the school supplies section, which begs the question:

What the hell is wrong with you people?

Don’t get me wrong, I have a black belt in procrastination. I didn’t buy school supplies until last week. But the day before school starts? Sheesh!

Okay…whew. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

As much I’m going to miss the lazy days of summer, I’m the type of person who needs a schedule. Even though I dislike them. So, here we go. Back to the swing of things. It will be Christmas before you know it!

In closing, I would like to share my all-time favorite back to school commercial. My friend Steph at the Red Clay Diaries first posted this a couple of years ago on her blog. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Enjoy!

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