"Mommy! Can I get this pencil case? It has flowers. NO! Wait. This one! This one is GREEN. NO! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! I found a FROZEN PENCIL CASE!"
Natalie practically fell over from excitement. She lifted her prize in the air the same way that boy lifted the underpants in the air in Sixteen Candles.
"Let's just...relax. And take deep breaths," I said, taking the pencil case.
We were back to school shopping. It's always an adventure walking into a store with a long list. With a child. Who wants everything with sparkles, glitter, pink...
Sometimes I wish the list would be more specific. Her list asked for two folders. Well, could they have something on them? Or do they have to be plain? Natalie picked out Grumpy Cat folders. Hopefully that's allowed.
Notebooks were also requested.
Sparkles? Because Natalie wanted one with sparkles.
"Look at all this GLUE!" Natalie gasped, sticking her hand down into the pile of Elmer's Glue. "All in one place!"
"We need glue STICKS. Elmer's," I added. Sometimes the list is specific and mentions a brand. I make sure to get that brand. It irks me when people get the cheap stuff.
For instance, don't get Cra-Z-Art crayons if the list asks for Crayola. They aren't the same. Cra-Z-Art breaks. I know, because I got some for Natalie for house crayons. I barely touched the crayon, and it snapped in two. Pay the extra twenty cents.
Plus, in elementary school, crayons and pencils are usually dumped in a communal pile. If I paid for Crayola, it bugs me to know that my kid gets the cheaper stuff sometimes. Now, if I could write her name on everything, I wouldn't care what brand people got. But since everyone shares, please, get the brand on the list.
Please and thank you. (I noticed on the PreK list that it was actually specified "NO ROSE ART BRAND!")
I'm happy to report that I have everything on the list now. For Natalie.
Tommy? Well, in middle school they don't always come out with a specific list since they go to different teachers. So you have to wait for that teacher to pass out their syllabus.
So I'll be back in the store soon.
(It's Target though, so it's okay. I love Target.)