03.03.15 Day 3
School Supply List in the Mail Day is one of my most favorite days of the summer. When my daughter’s teacher letter and supply list arrive in the mail, it takes everything I have to not rip that letter out of her fingers. Do I feel shame over this? A little. I just want to get my hands on that list of supplies and plan the shopping trip and throw the kids in the minivan, leave the house to drive to the store to buy said supplies, and unwrap every package, and pack them into her school bag in all the right pockets, slots, and Velcro pouches. (Well, or at least watch her do those things.)
I can’t help it. Do I blame the teacher within me? Yes. But the roots of this obsession go back to my own time as a kid and loving the same exact thing. My Mom always made a big deal of going shopping with our lists and I relished setting my own backpack up each year.
The novelty (OBVIOUSLY) has not worn off. And my son, the soon-to-be kindergartener, will get his list too, in August and then four years later it will be the baby’s turn! In my calculations, that factor in fifth grade as being possibly, the last year of great interest in acquiring school supplies, that’s at least TEN more years of that letter arriving, the shopping trip, the preparation of the backpack. TEN more years of getting them excited about learning through the annual school supply ritual. TEN more years of School Supply List in the Mail Day.