I was tired. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. So many papers were coming home from school last spring, I just got tired of filling out forms and writing checks. So when the school supply preorder form came home, I set it aside, inadvertently missing the deadline.
Which is why I spent two hours last night wandering around Target and Office Depot with the noisy boys’ first grade school supply list.
It was a special kind of hell picking through the bins looking for two pink erasers and 24 sharpened pencils and 8 Classic Crayola markers, all times two since I have twins. I realize the math doesn’t sound complicated, but trust me, by the twentieth item on the list you start to question your ability to double. Five glue sticks each, but they only come in packs of three…how many packs do I need? (Don’t judge me. I majored in English for a reason.)
And those were the easy things to find. I also needed two orange folders and four yellow folders and three triangle erasers. Right.
And my personal favorite? Five fine-line dry erase markers in blue. Now, you can find multi-packs of fine-line markers in black, and you easily can find packs of four different colors, including blue, but good luck finding any sort of multi-pack of fine-line BLUE markers.
In the end, I bought ten packs of multi-colored markers to obtain the needed five blue dry-erase markers each. (Anyone need thirty fine-line dry erase markers in red, yellow, and green? I’ll sell them to you real cheap.)
I still need to find two boxes of 200 antibacterial wet ones. Once I’ve got that, I’m golden.
At least I was able to shop alone. And now I know: no matter what, never forget to pre-order the school supplies.
Someone remind me of that next spring when I’m drowning in paperwork.