Back to School and Other Stuff

back to schoolI’ve been busy lately, going and re-going to the stores for school supplies. How many hand sanitizers does one really need in a classroom? It’s not even healthy to keep pumping alcohol onto kids hands, is it? I mean, just send them over to the little sink and have them wash with soap and water. But, anyway. I’m not completely hip on the whole mammoth-sized amounts of supplies you have to cart into the classroom on the first day, anyway. And, all the notebooks? I don’t have to tell you that buying for five children can get pretty pricey.

I’ve been doing other things lately, too. I’m happy to report I received my first round of edits for WAKING AMY. Did I mention that in my last post? I hope not. Nothing like duplicate information overload. Anyway, I’ve been busy working on them. It’s surreal getting back my manuscript with all the red markings. Well, not that many red markings. Some…very little, in fact:) I’m beginning to see that I use commas a little too freely. Like everywhere I pause breathing. I thought that was the right way. Turns out, I was wrong. So, there’s a lot of taking out of the little cute curls I like to add too much. See, I just did it again!

Back to going back to school. Only a few of my children are ready. The girl to be more specific. Of course the girl is ready. Aren’t all girls? My girl in particular is Extremely organized. I’m not sure how she endured summer at all. I mean there was nothing to organize. No homework, no quizzes to study for… So now she’s happy. Already planned her first outfit for the first day.

The school thought my fourth child had moved and didn’t have him on any roster or in the system. Really? Like he’s the only one of the family that moved? So they quickly pecked something on the computer and presto! Here is your teachers for math, science, and reading. I hope it was tied into some type of learning analysis and not just the teacher with the least amount of students.

I suppose I’ll get back to my edits. Then I’ll go back to the store tomorrow for some more baggies, pens, and 20 more packs of paper. Oh, and five more boxes of tissues I’ll never know if was necessary. You’d think they were going abroad for study…in a hut…without running water…with desperate needs of ziplocks (gallon-sized if you’re a boy) and tons of pronged folders, and sets of headphones with USB sticks.

It’s not like they’ll run out of lead in the first semester and the supply stores will all shut down. Five packs of pencils for each child? Let’s take this year two notebooks at a time. Can we?