I am the first to admit that I am a shopper. I am Chief Acquisitions Officer in our house. What’s that you say? You’re running low on underwear? NEVER FEAR, I know the way to the nearest Winners. The spatula broke making eggs this morning, do NOT panic, I’ll have it replaced by dinner time. Broken glasses? Its going to be OK, a new pair will be en route via courier within 24 hours.
I know where to go, I know when to go and most of all, I know how to get a deal.
I think that’s why the whole “Back to School” shopping season makes me want to punch a poor defenseless, adorable critter of some kind. It makes me nuts – the flyers and advertisements, TV spots and radio ads. All trying to wind me up and stress me out that school starts in a matter of days and my kid will be a horrible, miserable failure if she’s not properly outfitted with a brand new backpack, lunch bag, water bottle, various items of stationary (which we buy from the school anyways) and a brand new fall wardrobe perfectly styled with the latest in pre-teen fashion. If I don’t get my sh*t together soon then we may as well consider Grade 3 a write-off.
Preparing the Shorties for school is to be sure, a necessary summertime chore. Don’t panic. I am on the case. However, I do take umbrage with retail turning my last HALF of summer break into a shopping season second only to Christmas? We’ve only kissed the Shorties goodbye for their first day at Summer Camp to only be bombarded by retail with You-Need-This and For-The-Love-of-God-Do-Not-Forget-That.
And do we need a new backpack EVERY fall? Really? If the one from last year is still hanging by a thread, is it not ok to rock it until it falls apart around mid-November? Would it be a crime against nature to buy the new backpack then when its actually needed? Will Shorty become a social outcast, a pariah, if she doesn’t have a new bookbag on September 1?
It is also true that the Shorties do need winter clothes. Sure they’ve grown 5 centimetres (or more) since spring sprung, so we do need to load up on jeans and sweaters before the fall rains arrive. But how many times has that post Labor Day week been one of the hottest on record so we can probably give the winter woolies a beat. We’ll MAKE it if we wait til October to start stocking up, right?
So lets save the shopping panics, drama and worst of all CROWDS for Christmas and give us moms a break.