It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. (plus a fun back to school idea)
Small towns are funny, ya know? Great when people rally around a person in need, not so great when you have to go to the local drug store for a pregnancy test, not because of the people who work there, but because of who you run into. I’ve become really good at wrapping a People magazine around my box of hair dye.
But then, there is back to school time, and I simply walk into my friendly, neighborhood Kinburn Pharmasave and say “One grade 4 and one grade 2 please” and they say, “Sure Tina, we’ll call you when they’re done.” And then a week or so later, I go and pick up all my kids school supplies packed neatly in a bag, list attached, anything that wasn’t available highlighted.
And I skip out the door, grateful that I don’t have to enter the madness. Searching with dozens of panicked people looking for HB pencils and one and three-quarter inch binders that have to be a certain shade of blue! All I have to do is label everything and sharpen everything, which by the way, I have to see a chiropractor on account of the twisting motion of my hands. I literally sharpened 50 pencils. To be honest, I didn’t do all 50. I gave up and I felt like a failure. No joke, I broke out in a sweat sharpening pencils. Seriously!
You all know, I have MAD love for teachers! I’m like Oprah when it comes to teachers. But last night, I was lamenting with friends, asking, “why put such a specific thing on a list, like grey duo-tangs if they don’t exist”, which clearly they don’t because I had been to four stores, and my only solution I was able to come up with was to bleach a black one. Then, the daughter of our friend gave us one of her extra duo-tangs. It was grey.
On the way home, Evan said, “See mommy, grey duo-tangs do exist. You were wrong!”
Thank you Bromlyn, for saving the day, and proving me wrong.