It’s that time of year…

September 8, 2009

It’s that time of year again… back to school shopping! Parents everywhere are rushing around to buy the correct size binder and protractor, and the latest kicks and backpacks. Kicks… did I spell that right? Is that what kids are still calling them (shoes, for those who are still scratching their heads at my outdated slang).

I still remember back to school shopping (from the kid perspective). But for me, it was usually school clothing/birthday present. My most distinct memory was fifth grade (ok maybe fourth-I don’t know.  It’s been a while). I remember it like yesterday. I went to Caldor (remember them?) with my mother. I convinced her that I REALLY wanted that plaid skirt and matching top with the scottie-dog on it. I SWORE I would wear the knee socks and those shoes. SO WHAT if I had not worn anything but stretch pants and over-sized t-shirts with dirty blue canvas shoes over ankle socks for the past two years. I was SO gonna wear those, I insisted, as I blew the hair that eternally hid my left eye briefly from my face – just to make my point. Right. That skirt was COOL (rad? awesome? what did we say in the late 80’s?). As I’m sure you may have guessed, this outfit probably never faded from too many washes. And I was NOT too cool for school.

Thankfully, those days have started to fade from my memory. And as I’m not yet school shopping for my own children, this season and it’s sales are a bit lost on me. But the good news is that since I’m not shopping for #2 pencils and 2″ three ring binders, I get to shop for much more interesting things! Like the grown-up version of the backpack. And as it turns out, I’m currently in the market for a new bag. My old “work” bag has had a few too many lunches spilled into it, and is about to graduate (or perhaps, retire). I’m looking for one that holds a legal pad, and all those other items that I drag to work with me every day. Ohhhh – look at this one! Handmade Jaquard Bag from Ten Thousand Villages – $48. Pretty! 

Jaquard Bag

Maybe with this one,  I’ll get to sit with the cool kids at lunchtime!


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