Summer is coming to a close and I'm kind of freaking out. You see, I love summer, not because of the warm weather but because I'm more relaxed during the summer months than I am during the school year. So, to me at least, there's literally only one fun thing about sending my kids to school: back-to-school shopping. Why? Well, because in addition to purchasing the pencil cases and the boxes of tissues, there are certain back-to-school items moms should buy for themselves. After all, we're the ones doing the freakin' shopping and spending a ridiculous amount of money.
The school year is full of chaos, and no matter how organized I try to be it all falls apart around in the middle of September. Then I get to spend the rest of the school year playing catch-up. I start the year strong: bags are packed, lunches and dinners are planned, calendar is up-to-date, and I feel ready. Then it just unravels and I am juggling everything at once without any type of plan. Yay motherhood, right?
This year will be different, though. This year I plan on doing better. I have lived and I have learned. I won't find myself failing halfway through the first month of school. In fact, I won't find myself failing at all. And if I keep telling myself I will succeed and will be able to keep up with school and work and social activities and everything else, then it will come true, right? You know what, don't answer that question.
I miss back-to-school shopping for myself. I remember going with my mom to buy all of my college supplies prior to starting my first year. I remember how fun it was getting the cool gel pens and the super useful 5-subject notebooks. Then I remember how painful it was dropping all of that money on college textbooks, and back-to-school shopping lost its appeal. Now that I'm the parent, though, back-to-school shopping is fun again. I make sure to find room in our budget for the following things, and that makes all the difference.