Attention Retailers: It's Still Summer!

by Melissa L. Fenton
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They are BACK. Already. School supplies are back in stores.

On the heels of the 4th of July, while I am still in hamburger inhaling, watermelon slurping, and swimming pool mode, I saw them: The golden square boxes of crayons stacked up and standing tall, almost grinning. The rainbow colors of spiral notebooks, the familiar squatty bottles of Elmer’s Glue, the little people hand sized scissors. All of it, lined up in what was just a few weeks ago the sunscreen aisle.

Attention retailers: Can I just have a moment? And can that moment be called SUMMER?

I still need popsicles, sunscreen, hot dog buns, and beach shovels and pails. My brain and my kid’s brains are still currently on hiatus from structure of any kind. So, when I see reams of wide ruled notebook paper and protractors staring at me from store shelves on the second week of July, I get a little tense.

I am not ready, people. Not. Ready.

I still have long lazy days to enjoy, mornings to sleep in, lunches to NOT have to pack and plan. I need our seasons of life to not be determined by the front of store displays. I need it to still be the season of SUMMER, not the season of fall planning.

So I am happily tossing out the fall catalogs, and sticking with corn on the cob and lemonade for a few more weeks.

I am sure, a month from now, having done every summer activity we can think of, I will be singing and pushing my shopping cart down the school supply aisle with enough glee to garner my own musical number.

And then, a week later, the Christmas trees will show up.

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