February 18, 2013

The Luxury of Kleenex

Once upon a time, I worked in a school where all my students promptly brought in the requested items from the school supply list.

I no longer work in that school.

No, in this school, I think I had about 3 students in my homeroom who brought in any items. And I'm not sure who, exactly, made the list anyway because I don't see a need for 50 rolls of paper towels. Maybe it's good I only got about 6.

Except that it's February, and I have a nasty cold (I blame Mardi Gras and the stress of my grandmother dying). And my poor nose is raw from those darn paper towels... because Lord knows we don't have any Kleenex.

In my defense, I thought about picking up some Kleenex at Sam's Club yesterday, but based on Joel's symptoms (which seemed to be about a day ahead of mine), I thought I'd feel much better today.

I was wrong.

The first thing I did when I got home today was clean our my sinuses with my Neti Pot, and now I'm continuously rubbing VapoRub ointment on my poor nose. I'm telling myself that the burning feeling is healing my raw skin.

Who knew facial tissue was such a luxury item?


  1. Oh the good old school supply list. This has long been a thorn in my side. Last year H needed to bring 12 small glue sticks to kindergarten. Guess how many he brought home at the end of the year? 12! This year for first grade the list asked for 4 large glue sticks, I sent in the 12 small instead. Clearly those will do the job. I've heard of some schools that actually charge parents a supply fee such as $10/semester etc and then purchase the supplies in bulk and tax free to use for students and would GLADLY pay DOUBLE that in order to not have to buy specific items that don't necessarily get used. Just my {unsolicited} two cents!

    On another note, hope you're feeling better...

    1. You bring up a good point. Which brings me back to the question, "Who made this list?!" In my last school, each team made their own list, and I was very intentional to only include what was necessary for our daily and project-specific assignments.