Of course, I know my weakness well enough to take a deep breath and reassess.
Right before I turned back around and grabbed some post-its and a couple of Sharpies...um, for work.
Yesterday I decided to go and actually get stuff for the kids as school starts tomorrow. It was chaos as every parent in town was thinking the same thing, but I know that over the course of this week, I'll be fielding "but I need it for class rightnowrightnowrightnow" every night when I get home from work. While a smart mother would wait until her kids go to class and THEN go get the supplies, I started thinking about it and decided that I didn't want to face the aisles at Target and Walmart every night after work this week for yet-one-more-item. I've been down this road before, I know what they will need.
And so I have my little chest of drawers full of composition books, folders, crayons, spiral notebooks, paper, markers, glue, glue sticks, index cards, colored pencils, highlighters, regular pencils, and notebook dividers. There's a towering pile of binders, a box of page protectors, and a 3 hole punch on top of it.
It sounds like a lot, but I guarantee by the end of this week, most of it will be distributed into the older kid's backpacks.
If not...I'm prepared for any school supply shortage.
You know, the ones that happen at 11 pm, the night before a project assigned 2 months previously is due?