Friday, August 18, 2006
We, the People, in order to form a more perfect union ... establish justice and ensure freedom of choice when school supply shopping
However, I lose my patience when I am restricted in my freedom of choice when it comes to arming my children with the best of the best in office and school supplies.
For example, here is Queen Bee's Second Grade School Supply List:
Two boxes of 24 regular color crayons Ok. Fine and Dandy until you get the Queen, standing by your side, saying "but I NEED to have the 64 pack with the built in sharpener ... because Courtney has SIX boxes of them!"
Three 4-oz. bottles of Elmer's white glue (not school glue) I think it took me until this morning to realize that there is, indeed, a difference between the types of glue offered. But do you know why it HAS to be the blue label kind? Because the teacher says the school glue is "too runny." While I believe this to be a legitimate excuse and complaint, she needs to TELL the parents this in her list; I learned this from my 7 1/2 year old who kept telling me "NO MOMMY! NOT THAT KIND!!!!!" and having what equated to a nuclear meltdown in the aisle.
Pencil eraser Pretty self-explanatory, but I don't recall seeing too many individual erasers for sale. It was always a two or three pack.
10-20 yellow # 2 pencils Ok fine. I have a box of 12.
Colored pencils (Crayola are the best, others break) Well, sure Crayola are the best. Crayola is ALWAYS the best. But if I want to buy Rose Art colored pencils because they are $ 1 cheaper, then too bad. Let them break.
Fiskar scissors Ummm... gonna get what we have, lady.
One bottom pocket folder As opposed to top pocket? Well, it all depends on how you hold the folder.
Paint shirt No problem. Really.
Large box of tissues Ok. This is where I start (and end) to have a problem. My child has a small nose. My child has not gone through a large box of tissues in her LIFE! I mean... seriously. WHY am I supplying tissues for those kids who have those nasty, runny noses about all school-year long? I guarantee you that that box of tissues does not remain at the Queen's table.
Gym shoes No problem on those, either. We always have the best of intentions in having one pair at school at all times, but Queen is a shoe geek, and she wants to wear them home.
Box of gallon freezer bags The teacher uses these to send home assignments in. But it baffles me that every child allegedly brings in a box of 10-20 of them. That makes about 200-400 bags for a class of about 20. Why, then, does she have the gnarliest looking bags? I throw them away and send a new one when it gets nasty looking.
This list pales in comparison to what the Door Man will have to supply. I guess I just have a hard time with that communal school supply mentality. If someone is going to be strapped for cash to supply their child, then the school needs to look into other alternatives ... like getting a church to make donations or something. Don't make the parents of the classmates pick up the slack.
I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
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