Let me interrupt your summer for just a minute to discuss the whole back-to-school issue. Yes, back-to-school.
I started getting back-to-school emails at work a month ago — before my kids were even out of school. I got three in my inbox today (and one “holiday gift idea” email). To be fair, I work for a monthly magazine, and I am wrapping up the stories for the August issue, but I still don’t have any desire to see back-to-school emails on June 1. I deleted it.
And I most definitely am not going to rush out to buy my kid’s school supplies tomorrow. You hear that, Target? A friend on Facebook posted a photo from Target the other day. Looks like they have their school supply section all set up. Most kids haven’t even been out of school two weeks!
I’ve decided that my kids are growing up way too quickly, so I’m trying to live in the moment. School years pass by faster every year. I only have two more years until my oldest is off to college and three more for my twins. So I’m trying to stall time; live each minute I have with them. I’m trying to enjoy this summer and every day it has to offer.
But the back-to-school emails, circulars and displays are infringing on my focus of the here and now. They are distracting my brain and making me think about that which I don’t want to think of.
So just to spite them, I am taking a pledge to avoid the back-to-school section of every store until the last possible moment. I will not buy one notebook, one pair of school shoes or one book cover until I absolutely have to. Will you join me in this pledge? Maybe together we can make a difference. And when I go on vacation in August? I will not be buying my Halloween candy either.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.