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Would you like to come over and sharpen 270 pencils for me?

Because that is how many we have to send to school with our kids when they start the 2008-2009 school year next week.

Last year’s count was about 250, and the motor in our electric sharpener overheated several times when it was time to sharpen the yellow wad of cheap wood and graphite. The blades are so dull at this point, you couldn’t sharpen a crayon.

My latest Mile High Mamas post examines school supply shopping and the mind-boggling volume of items demanded. Will my sixth-grader truly go through 3 family-sized tissue boxes? Either they anticipate she’ll be in tears a lot, or she’ll be sick a lot.

Go say hello and tell me what is on your children’s lists.

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