Brian, Jr High Football - 1998-2001

Brian – #5, Jr High Football – 1998-2001 he quit in 2002 in HS to do musical theater.

This is the first year I don’t have anyone in school.  My youngest graduated from college in December, so no more back-to-school shopping for me, and I miss it.  A lot.

It’s been happening slowly….after the initial move-in to college, the kid purchased his own supplies from the college store, but I still got to buy and send him new clothes and stuff for his apartment.  Partially because I didn’t want to give up being a mom, but mostly because I’m a better shopper, and since he was using our money, I wanted the best deals.

It’s crazy to think that it wasn’t really that long ago that I was buying character backpacks and crayons and the boys were starting Kindergarten.  As they went to Jr High the shopping changed.  Not so many art supplies and the addition of Nike soccer shoes, football cleats, and DC skate shoes along with jock straps and cups. Oh, so those last two were not my favorite things to buy.

In High School is was EXPENSIVE calculators, cell phones, and jeans.  By college it was a dorm fridge, XL sheets, and a microwave plus plenty of college logo wear – shorts, t-shirts, and hoodies.

Yep, it’s been a long time and while I know a lot of people aren’t happy about the outlay of cash every fall, I actually looked forward to it.  It signaled the beginning of another year, the change in the family, and the promise of new things to come.  And now that’s done, but I’ve decided to put together a backpack with school supplies and donate it to the school.  I did a pretty pink backpack with flowers since having boys that’s something I’ve never purchased before.  Tomorrow I’m buying crayons, hand wipes, and everything else on the Kindergarten list for our district.  I love that one little girl will have a sweet pink backpack and the best Disney character stuff I can find.

I can’t wait!

How are you handling the back-to-school shopping blues?

Note:  I apologize for the not-so-great photo.  My kids were raised in the non-digital age and while I’ve started scanning the boxes of photos we have, it appears I’ve done the really old ones and not any from school, except this one.  It’s a project I need to get back to, soon!