Oh yes, good friend, I've got your mailers lying about the house. I have coupons littering my nightstand and even a free Band Aid or two that you have so generously sent to my children in the mail.
[By they way, that is kinda creepy that you send my kids Band Aids. How do you know that they need so many of them?]
Anyway, of course I turn to you for every need that arises.
Need shampoo? Go to Target!
Need a birthday card? Go to Target!
No need for me to illustrate the vast and numerous "needs" that lure me to your store. The fact that you send me so many mailers and coupons is evidence of my deep and adoring love for you. I fully expect a Christmas card this year in return for all that love and adoration. A'hem.
It was no surprise that I headed in your direction when my kids needed school supplies this year. Sure, I had been eyeing them in July - while there buying bubble refills for my daughter - but there was no way I wanted school supplies lying about the house for a month before the blessed first days arrival.
I prefer to purchase the supplies closer to the actual start date, even if it is the day before. That way, the goods can be organized, labeled and placed in waiting backpacks, ready for the exciting first day. It is also helpful to postpone the supply buying until the day before school starts as this greatly decreases the chances of losing said school supplies by kids who want to use the new stuff or even just look at their awesome new scientific calculator. You see what I mean?
It's not that I am a complete slacker, there are logical and sensible reasons behind my decision making process and you have never, ever let me down in the past when it comes to school supplies.
Why would I think this year would be any different?
Well, I am here to tell you that it was. It was very, very different. When my children and I rounded the corner, expecting to see shelves brimming with brightly colored displays and crayons jumping off your shelves, we were greeted with bare metal. That's right, row after row of bare shelves.
The measly selection shoved together in the middle of the Back to School area was just that, measly. There was not one box of Crayolas (or even the cheap Rose Art brand) to be found. Not a #2 pencil in sight. Nary a pack of wide or college ruled paper. Nothing.
We left your store with our heads hung low, and our pockets absent of glue sticks. We had nowhere to turn and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out where we would be able to find our school supplies and still make it to 4th-grade open house by 5:30.
Lucky for us, the neighboring town has a Staples. And let me just tell you this - you have some stiff competition. If they sold laundry soap and wine, I'd be theirs. The aisles were clean and organized and FULL of every little thing we needed to prepare ourselves for school.
A disaster was avoided, however, narrowly.
I know, I know, you probably think I should change my ways and not put off purchasing the school supplies until the day before. But this has always been fun for us - the last hurrah, so to speak, before the first day of school. Maybe next year I won't wait quite so long, but there is no way I'm getting those things in July. No way.
It's bad enough that you want to clear the shelves to get the Halloween stuff up and ready . . . can't you just wait a few weeks and let us enjoy the here and the now?
Do it for the children.
The Mom Who Waits Until the Last Minute