POSTED ON Aug 24th 2016 BY LESLIE LOFTIS UNDER Footnote Post, Housewifery, Motherhood, PJLifestyle links, US/UK compare and contrast
Every year the kids come home from the first day of school with a supplemental school supply list. (For my UK mother friends who wonder about a school supply list beyond the uniform, no classroom supplies are not a part of tuition. Parents provide everything from pencils to boxes of tissues.)
This year’s Day Two shopping trip annoyed me and a few other ladies I met at the store, so much so that I wrote about it here. But the story continues!
On son’s supplemental list this year: 5 wide ruled composition notebooks. Easy enough, except for the fact that the stores were almost out. Yesterday, I got some of the last 5 they had. When son arrived home, he told me the teacher would not accept these. Parents more efficient than I had gone out and purchased these 70 page Mead notebooks the night before. The teacher rejected them. She wanted the books with 100 pages.
There might have been some yelling to son, not at son, that if she wanted 100 pages then she should have specified that detail. I would not be going out in Houston rush hour to do a third school supply run. He said the books were due tomorrow. I said he would get the books when he got the books. Someone else’s lack of organization is not my emergency. I wasn’t even sure stores would have them in stock at this point. It had been slim pickings earlier. Discussion ensued.
Luckily, hubs had to stop by Target for some Rx refills. He offered to get the 100 page, wide rule composition notebooks. He got the last 5 in the store that weren’t pink or Ninja Turtle. (Son is almost 13. Too cool for cartoon branded stuff.) Checking out took half an hour because 3 of the books were in a set without a barcode. Price checks are rarely speedy, certainly not at 6pm on a Tuesday when a bunch of parents are dealing with the blasted supplemental school supply list.
Is sending out a complete list before school starts really that difficult?