After returning from vacation in the middle of July my soon to be 4th grader asked, “Are we ever going to buy school supplies?”
“Well son, seeing as we still have five weeks before you start school I think we are okay.” My reply didn’t really satisfy him or his sister who also had a case of school supply mania.
Three weeks before school started I caved and took them shopping. We bought everything required except for the folders my son needed. Somehow I missed seeing those on the list.
My 4th grader needed blue, red, and yellow folders with brads for school.
First off, why in the world do they even sell folders without the brads in the middle?
No one buys them and they are quite useless.
Fast forward to two days before school starts.
While out shopping I found the blue folder that was needed and scooped that up but could not find a yellow or red folder.
All together, my husband and I went to about 6 different stores looking for these folders.
School started and by the 3rd day of school my son said that he really needed the folders.
I suddenly remembered that I had a stash of school supplies saved in case any of the kids that I teach need something. Old folders, binders, erasers when they go on sale. You name it, I probably have it in my box.
Searching through the box I found a yellow folder with brads but it had someone else’s name on it. I crossed that name out and handed the folder to my son. He was less than thrilled when I showed him the folder. I promised that this was just temporary and that I would still look for new folders.
Cut to the next day and another store folder failure.
So desperate times come for desperate measures.
I asked my husband where the electrical tape was. Somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to recall us having red electrical tape. He found the tape and we were in business “making a red folder.”
I proclaimed the folder perfect.
My husband said, “really?”
“When Andrew looks into his desk he will know which one his red folder is, it’s great.”
Great is probably not how my 10 year old saw it the next morning but he took the folder and put it into his backpack without a fuss.
A few days later I was cleaning out a drawer and happened to find an old plastic red folder with brads that was already labeled with Andrew’s name.
Thank you to hoarding school supplies from kindergarten!
Andrew was happy to take that red folder to school and bring back the green and red folder.
I thought all was good on the school supply front until yesterday when Andrew brought home a note saying he needed an extra blue folder with brads for a different class.
I shouted to be husband, “Honey, have you seen the blue electrical tape?”