If you're really having a great summer don't go to Staples. I did and what I saw sent me running for the door. Back-to school stuff was everywhere. Notepads, pencils, pens, even protractors, all piled up to the ceiling. It was a big slap in my face that summer doesn't last forever.
Next weekend, you'll find me running through all the kids' clothes to see what still fits, what needs replacing and what needs repairing. I'd rather buy one cute thing for the kids -- something purely for the love of it -- than waste money on four new pairs of jeans they don't need.
As the dog days of August approach, we collectively begin to redirect our attention from family vacations and summer camps to a return to school, complete with school supplies and new clothes shopping.
I'm so excited for the new school year: the most brilliant feeling is when I step into Staples and smell the scent of fresh notebooks and pencils. But many kids in homeless shelters don't know this feeling of excitement.