I was relating my story from last year’s school supply list search to some other moms this past week. Having two lists required me to do a lot of searching for some pretty basic items. One item in particular that I just could not find was an 8 pack of fat crayons. I couldn’t find any fat crayons actually… and this caused me an unreasonable amount of stress. I looked in stores for weeks checking the crayon section and found every other crayon variety imaginable! I was unaware that crayons came in dry erase, glitter, twistables, window crayons and even erasable.
The Open House came and I went to the school with the supplies and list in hand to apologize to the teacher for my failure to acquire an 8 pack of fat crayons. I was both relieved and frustrated to learn that she hadn’t actually made the list, didn’t even know what was on the list and didn’t need or want fat crayons for the class!
As back to school time approaches and families across the country search high and low for items to fulfill their child’s supply list I wonder how many fruitless searches could be avoided? How many parents will feel badly about their inability to locate the exact size or color item?
Then I read this blog post and realize that the whole thing is just a huge practical joke played on parents by sadistic teachers :) Thanks for the link Christina!