Had I stopped to really think about it, I probably wouldn’t have gone out today. This is the weekend before school starts for so many young students and I would have predicted that the stores would be packed. People would be jostling each other over lunch boxes, pens, geometry sets, and erasers.
Strangely enough, while there was a little bit of chaos, it seemed subdued. Parents and their children (the few that I could find) were having what seemed like reasonable discussions about binders and notebooks. There was no pushing or shoving. There were no potential homicides near the water bottles. There were no arguments debates about which binders were better.
Maybe people have gotten better at preparing for school and avoiding last minute panic shopping. Maybe people are much more organized now. On the other hand, it was one of the nicest and warmest days we’ve had in a long time–either that or they just ordered everything online.