My children go back to school in 31 days -- not that I'm bragging -- which, of course will bring “back-to-school shopping.” As much as I’m for starting school the second week of August (it’s too hot for them to play outside in August so they might as well be in school), it brings with it a problem. You’d like your kids to look good for school, which means shopping, and basically buying a new “summer” wardrobe, because it won’t be cool enough for long pants, let alone long sleeves and jackets for at least the first 2 months of school, and the kids have run all of their current summer clothes through the red clay at least once (rendering them completely unacceptable as good clothes anymore). However, the local stores are clearancing their summer stuff and have put out the back-to-school (long pants, etc) clothes despite the known weather conditions, making it extremely difficult to re-outfit the kids for warm weather (and don’t tell me I should have shopped earlier, if I knew the summer stuff was going to be gone because 1) if it’s in the house they’ll find it and wear it (exhibit a – M and E still wearing sweats to bed even though I keep trying to hide them), and 2) we all like the thrill of back-to-school shopping (don’t deny it, you love it) but it’s no fun it you do it the week after school gets out, or earlier, seeing as how short’s weather starts here in April, and 3) growth spurts, hello, there’s not much worse than having a closet full of clothes that your kids can’t wear because the universe has laughed at your fervent hope that just this once they won’t grow 2 inches over the summer) especially as you add up the price tags and realize that in about 2 months you’ll be doing it all over again as the weather gets freaky (below 32 at 7:00 am when the kids get on the bus, and nearly 80 at 3:00 pm when they get off) and then just cold, and you pack away the warm weather school clothes hoping again that the kids don’t grow during the winter so you don’t have to shop again in the spring . . . and the circle of shopping continues . . .
But my kids go back to school in 31 days.