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This past weekend at Target, I scanned my shopping list: sunblock, sparkling water, a new pair of flip-flops for my daughter, and maybe some sand toys for our upcoming trip to Catalina Island. This assortment of sundries was united by a single theme: summer.
So imagine my shock and dismay when I walked into the mother of all superstores and was met by a ginormous back-to-school display. An army of backpacks and binders, pencils and pens, scissors and Scotch tape stared at me, and for a split second, I felt guilty for having forgotten all about the impending school year and all its copious gear. Then I felt angry. Back to school? We’re barely halfway into summer! We’ve got at least six more weeks of loafing -- and not making lunches or having a single homework war -- yet to go, people. Picture a kid happily sucking on a lollipop the size of her head when the dentist calls to tell her she’s late for her appointment. That’s how I felt.
I understand how retail works, and I get that the bullseye brass are just doing their job, which is to hook me in early so I don’t buy my lunch boxes and Trapper Keepers at a competing shop instead. And believe me, give me a few more weeks and I’ll be dancing through the aisles like the dad in that hilarious “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” Staples commercial. Just let me have my lollipop for a tiny bit longer, okay?
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