Let’s all give a big, raucous internet applause to the teachers out there on these last days of August. It’s tough being a teacher as the summer winds down; I should know. I used to be the guy behind the supply list!
To be honest, when I was a teacher, I spent much of August hiding under the bed. (Mentally, at least.) The first whiff of chill in the air still sends a shot of adrenalin through my system. But now that we’re in the middle of our first back-to-school shopping season, I actually find that I’m getting all nostalgic for my old teacher days.
Emma got her classroom assignment this week, and I have to admit that I’m freaking out a bit about meeting her teacher. It’s just that I know firsthand how hard the job is, and also I know firsthand what it’s like to try to entertain/educate Emma Larkin for eight hours in a row. I want to be that parent who makes the teacher’s job just a little bit easier, and doesn’t put anything more on her plate. Is that possible? Like, I’m afraid I might break into one of these when I meet her… even though that’s how I feel inside. Man, that feels like a dated reference.
Anyway, this week was filled with back-to-school shopping for the Larkins, and I must say that Walmart made it all too easy. We got a copy of Emma’s school supply list, and because Walmart.com is one of my most-visited sites, I went ahead and bought a year’s worth of supplies in about 15 minutes.
Have you shopped at Walmart lately? The prices are insane. My parents used to treat crayons like they were waxy gold. But they’re like $3. Mom, if you’re reading this, what the heck?! Much of this stuff ships next day, or you can ship to the store for free pickup. Or if you’re old school, you can just go into the store and buy it. That is still an option, apparently.
Below, I’ve broken out Emma’s school supply list in visual form. A few items of note:
- Emma’s teacher specifically requested Ticonderoga pencils which, given their superiority, should never be called #2. They’ve always been #1 in my eyes. (Dad joke.)
- That lousy Elmer glue mucus still has a monopoly on the arts and crafts game. I mean, I know brand loyalty is sticky, but it’s impressive to see this player so firmly in place. (BOOM.)
- How are pipe cleaners not on this list? When I was Emma’s age a good set of pipe cleaners could take a pre-k class through an entire semester.
In all seriousness, though, I was totally amazed that Walmart had literally every single thing on Emma’s list. Here’s what we nabbed:
Emma’s School Supply List
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