Monday, June 1, 2020

Yes, fairs; but also back to school season

With some fairs past and a few still to come, it means only one thing. School is just around the corner once again.

Getting back to school is extra special for my 11-year-old daughter this year as she heads into middle school. It’s scary for me to think the elementary days are now in the rearview mirror for all my kids. 

For the past several weeks my daughter has been bugging me to go school supply shopping. She just couldn’t wait to get those school supplies in her hands. 

With a busy work schedule lately, it has been tough for me to juggle something more into my schedule. But finally last week we got the job done.

I always hear about how important it is to take a proactive approach and prepare ahead of time instead of putting off the shopping until the last couple days. 

It just amazes me how many supplies she needed. I always thought elementary was the worst years for school supplies, but it just keeps piling on the older you get. 

Multiple colored notebooks. Mechanical pencils. Regular pencils. Highlighters. Scissor. Markers. Erasers. Three-ring binders. Folders. Calculator. Wipes. Tissues. Glue. Post Its. Glue sticks. Colored pencils. It seemed like the list wouldn’t end. 

It doesn’t seem to take long for the store shelves to be completely ransacked. For the first time in many years we actually found every item in the same store. In the past we’ve always had to hit a couple stores in order to complete our list. 

Shopping for back-to-school supplies sent me into sticker shock. I didn’t realize I would need to take out a loan to go school supply shopping. Well, okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but it sure adds up in a hurry.

The back-to-school season seems to be the harvest season of the retailer. While students are fueling up for the new academic year, parents are warming up to shell out some big bucks. Some reports suggest that Americans are predicted to spend $82.8 billion on school supplies and college gear this year. 

As I shopped with my daughter, it brought back memories of my school days. It was fun to put myself in her shoes once again and recall the excitement I always had in wanting to get back to school, though I think she probably beats me out on the excitement-o-meter. 

My daughter is stocked up on all the essentials so that she can now meet that first day with relative ease. 

Meanwhile, dad will be going in hot pursuit of restocking his pocketbook.

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P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
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Kasson, MN 55944


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