In this neck of the woods every retailer who has any remote relationship to the needs of school students is currently doing their "back to school" promotions. The five weeks of summer school holidays finishes next week and of course everyone wants to make a buck or three. The whole back to school thing amuses me.
Does a student really need to be fully kitted out just because the school year is starting?
Do all school shoes become miraculously too small or too worn in the second last week of December so that they need to be replaced in January?
Did every pen that worked five weeks ago stop writing?
Did the glue dry up?
Were the erasers all used and did the pencils wear to stubs in December?
Or have all the school kids been studying like crazy through the holidays, taking advantage of long hot days in order to brush up on quadratic equations?
What happened to the lunchboxes that were ok last year?
What happened to the drinkbottles and the pencil cases?
Is all of the stuff bought at this time of year intended for five year olds starting school for the first time ever?