For the most part, I am new to all this parenting stuff.
Yes, I have 2 bonus children that we've had full time since they were 7 & 10. But Aaron is a totally hands on dad. Doctor's appointments, parent-teacher conferences, permission to hang out with friends or have sleepovers... it's all him.
Of course, I help out when and where I can. Being at home when they get home from school. Driving to soccer and volleyball. Pushing for piano lessons. And just being generally supportive of the best dad in the world. (He totally is).
But back to what this is really about. This post is really about back to school shopping. And backpacks. And how this is my first time taking a child- my actual child- to buy a backpack for his first year at school. Maxwell starts kindergarten in August, and while I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for that HUGE event that might make me cry tears of joy and sorrow... really what I am focused on is "the backpack".
We talked about it-
Me: Oh my gosh Maxwell, you're getting so big, you're going to start kindergarten so soon and we'll take you to the store to buy loads of crayons, and colored pencils, and paper, a collegiate binder, tape, highlighters, pencils, erasers, medium ball point pens in black, a compass, a calculator, a pencil sharpener, and maybe... if you're lucky... a peechee. Oh, and you even get to pick out your own backpack! Yay!
But today, as I walked past the recently remodeled seasonal area of Target, and took a good look at the different backpacks Maxwell would be choosing from, I wished I had never said that.
What I should have said...
Me: blah, blah, blah... and I will pick out the cutest backpack ever just for you!
I called Aaron in a panic.
Me: You know which one he will choose. He's going to pick the Star Wars one, and that is so nerdy, and it has Darth Maul and Darth Vador on it- in 3D! It's so ugly. Don't you know we have to train our kids to like cute stuff? Don't you know that?? Help me!!! Help me!! Help meeeeeee!
Aaron: He probably will choose that one, and it will be great, and he'll love it, and we'll have awesome pictures of him with that backpack on his first day of kindergarten. Besides, there's no such thing as a Pottery Barn backpack.
Me: Actually... there is.
Aaron: Just let this one go. He's just a boy for cryin' out loud.
(He really uses the phrase "for cryin' out loud", in case you were wondering).
So, as a first time mother trying to navigate the waters of back-to-school life with her first born, do you have any advice for me? Like how to break down and actually buy an ugly Star Wars backpack? Cause I don't know if I can actually do it. I don't even know if I can send my kid to school. Maybe if he just doesn't go to school... then I won't have to buy...
I need serious help.
p.s. Is there such a thing as a cute Star Wars backpack? Or maybe Uncle Mikie can make him a super cool Zuriick/Star Wars backpack? I'm struggling here.