A little bit of shopping
Today I ventured out to one of my least favorite stores to make sure that my kids have everything they need for the fall: school supplies, preschool supplies, clothes.
I let Red Chief pick out some of his own clothes and—wow! I'm sure he's not the only seven-year-old with a rather garish sense of style. I let him get a highlighter-yellow t-shirt that hurts my eyes. I also let him get some extremely shiny light blue basketball shorts, but on the condition that he wears them to bed. He did pick out some more conservative polo shirts and striped t-shirts that I like better. I tried not to say no to too many things because I want him to be able to make some of his own choices as he is getting older.
I let Tiger Lily pick out some of her own clothes too, but I told her no more often—possibly because she wanted everything, and possibly because some of the little girl clothes they sell look kind of trashy. I can see that shopping with her in the future is going to be a challenge, if only because there is so little out there that is suitable. How I wish we were still back in the baby sizes!
In any case, pencils have been bought, folders have been chosen, markers and construction paper have been replenished, and I think we're about ready for fall. I'm looking forward to it: I started waving my white flag of surrender to this summer starting last month.