I have a lot of pencils.
They are starting to overflow in my overflow drawer, you know that drawer that has everything in it. Mine is full of pencils. My kids get pencils for every occasion. It seems that whenever there is a party at school nowadays parents think it is all the rage to hand out pencils. Gone are the days of handing out candy canes, the #2 is now number one.
When my oldest first started elementary school, I thought it was great that he came home with a new pencil seemingly every week, it would save me from having to buy them. Then they started to pile up and one turned into two, two became four and now I have over a hundred pencils. I have no idea what to do with them all, you can only use so many pencils. How many pencils do I need before I start waving the white flag?
As you can see they come in all varieties, so no time of year could possibly be left out of the mix. Our latest addition has dreidels all over it, yes a Hanukkah pencil, that one is new to me.
One thing that I don't understand about these pencils is everyone gives them out, including the school, yet the school still has pencil sales about four times a year. Of course my son has to come to me for money to buy yet another pencil. There was one time though he bought something called a smencil, sort of a scratch and sniff pencil, I guess that was worth the dollar he paid for it, but now even it sits at the bottom of the pencil drawer.
It's just too much.
I don't remember getting all of these sort of things as a kid. Every time someone has a birthday at school, my kid is coming home with a present. Maybe I am doing this whole parenting thing wrong but I won't be sending my kids to school to give out goody bags on THEIR birthday. They are the ones that are supposed to be getting presents, NOT everyone else.
Over the next couple of weeks I am sure that there will be MORE pencils coming our way, but have to say I think that we are set for life in the pencil category. I will tell you though that if you want to get us something, get us some erasers.