One of the downfalls of being a parent of a school-age child is the experience of shopping for school supplies. This is particularly true, as is always the case with us, when the school supply list arrives so late that the school supply aisles at Target have been completely raided of virtually everything on your list. I say virtually because 75% of what you want is actually there, it’s just the last one of it’s kind remaining, and it’s been placed two aisles over in the wrong bin. It’s a complete fiasco every year.
Sometimes, however, there are more eclectic items on the supply list that don’t suffer from such demand. For instance, you can usually count on target having the ziplock bags, the kleenex, and so on. And, he’s going into third grade, so the list is getting a little more sophisticated, too. We did his school shopping last night; this year we had to get him a compass. Unfortunately Target only carries a very cheap little plastic compass that’s part of a keychain, or a nice, $10 map reading compass. No middle option.
Obviously, the cheap one will be broken immediately, and if he’s going to be using a compass he might as well have a good one. So we bought the good one.
And just as obviously, and Jane pointed out to me tonight, they probably meant for us to get him the circle-making type of compass. I’m glad she realized that before we delivered all the stuff tomorrow, as that would probably not create a great impression of us as intelligent parents for his new teacher. It would, though, show that we take our orienteering seriously enough to buy the best compass Target sells.