Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dylan and Lauryn will be attending "Parent's Day Out" one day a week at the church. Thursday we went to meet their teachers and see their classrooms, and were given a small list of supplies to bring on Monday. Just two little items for Lauryn and five things for Dylan. I thought, "No biggie...I can just pick this stuff up sometime this weekend."


I have been home from Wal-Mart for a couple hours now, and I still feel irritated. School starts on Monday, and the school supply area was crazy! I have never seen such chaos in the aisles of any store. I've been one of the loonies who line up at 4:30am for the day after Thanksgiving sales and fight over the last item on special; that was a peaceful stroll compared to today.

And I still have to buy watercolors, because after fighting the crowds (what's UP with the woman who parks herself in the middle of the aisle with her basket turned sideways?!? and lets her kids sit in the floor around her opening packages of crayons?!?) there were no watercolors of any brand to be found. Hopefully Dylan won't need them his first day, because I will be waiting until after Monday to resume the search. My blood pressure may be back to normal by then. And hopefully this tightness in my chest will be gone.

By the way...if a box of makers is not labeled, "washable", does that necessarily mean they're not? Have washable markers been around long enough that the "washable" characteristic is understood? His list specified they should be Washable Markers, but I just grabbed the first box I saw and hightailed it out of there.

Generally I'm pretty good at dealing with crowds and people and frustrations in general. But occasionally I realize that if I really want that precious fruit of the spirit "patience", it's going to have to come from somewhere outside of my own resolve!

Anonymous Amy R. had this to say:

LOL! I HATE going to wal-mart at anytime period, especially right now with EVERYONE it seems fighting over the same school supplies. How crazy is it that I'm 29 and having to buy school supplies for myself, getting in the mix with all the rest of the frantic people!?!? Hope you find "washable" markers and I'm sure they won't need watercolors on the first day! Good luck and be strong! The first day I've heard can be overwhelming and emotional, but you'll do great!

August 26, 2007 at 12:40 PM 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

If it doesn't say "washable" they are not. Sorry.

Last week I went to Staples on Teacher Appreciation Day for school supplies. With five kids in tow that was.....interesting.

August 26, 2007 at 7:35 PM 

Blogger Catrina and Eric had this to say:

I can feel my blood pressure rising just reading your post. Every time I have walked into a wal-mart, it has been chaos! Usually, I spend about 5 minutes getting the things I need and about 30 minutes standing in line! I could only imagine what you went through just getting school supplies. You poor thing! :-) Good luck tomorrow!

August 27, 2007 at 1:55 AM 

Blogger Paige had this to say:

ROFL. Been there, done that, did NOT want the t-shirt. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can make your own school supply list, wait till the crowd is gone, and hit the clearance sales. BTW, I think the markers must say washable to be washable. Not sure though. And,I wouldn't worry about watercolors on the first day. Thanks again for the laugh - love the pic.

August 27, 2007 at 11:40 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Welcome to the world of First days. There will be lots of them.

August 27, 2007 at 2:21 PM 

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