Back to School Time Already?!

It’s that time again.

The days are getting shorter.
The calendar shows that it’s the end of August/the beginning of September.
The kids are getting restless.
We parents are beyond that point already. And have been for a while now.

It’s “Back to School Time!”
Yaaay.

If you’re a parent of a school-age child, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Unless it’s your kid’s first year of school.

The kids are sad that the summer is over. What, already??
Parents are thankful that our kids will be back in school, learning,
and on a ‘regular’ schedule again!
Soon the days will be cooler, and the bugs will be going bye-bye (thank God).

But before all that happens, there’s the annual ritual of “Back to School Shopping,”
and ALL the fun that goes with it.

If you’re a mother, you might actually enjoy this part,
because you possess the ‘shopping gene.’

But if you’re a single father (like me), you would probably get root canal
than go back-to-school shopping.
I mean, you have to get new pants (the kids just keep GROWING!),
now shirts, shoes, understuff & socks, etc.

Uugh.

And then there’s the SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!

At least we get a LIST from the school for that part. Sheesh.
But why the heck do we have to get 10 packs of paper towels?
And what’s with all this Hand Sanitizer?
When I was a kid, we’d just go WASH our hands! Hand sanitizer.
I tell you, these kids have it easy nowadays. lol.
Never thought I’d say that.
I sound just like my dad now. Great.

We live in Virginia, and school here starts AFTER Labor Day.
I think it’s one of the few places in the country left that does.
So for us, it will start on Tuesday, Sep. 7th. 2010.

And that gives me just a little extra time to get it all done.
Perfect for us procrastinators!

My older son will be entering 6th Grade this year, and his brother is going in to 5th Grade.
One more year to go before all hell breaks loose with the experience called
“Junior High School.”
I’ve been preparing him for all the peer pressure, cigarettes, drugs, girls, and temptation
that will be thrown at him when the time comes.

I think I’m handling it ok, but if you have any ideas or suggestions that have worked
for you or someone you know, I’d love to hear about them by having you leave
a comment for us here.

At least I still have like a year before he starts to begin the transition of becoming a man,
so we’d better make the best of it & enjoy what’s left of this innocent time.
Next thing you know, they’ll be asking for the car keys & a pack of condoms.
(shiver shiver)

Well, I guess that’s all I have to say about that.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make that #$5#[email protected] shopping list now.
NONE of their pants fit any more!

Still Learning,

Tony

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