I went to Staples on my lunch break yesterday.
I needed it.
I needed it bad.
I only planned to get a large wall calendar to put up in the kitchen so I can keep track of the kids’ (well, Alex’s) school deadlines and events, and Bill’s gigs, and my own whatever I have.
But I stepped into the store, got a whiff of paper products and ink, and I was gone.
I don’t know what it is about office supplies, but I would rather browse around an office supply store than any other, with the exceptions of bookstore and grocery store. It all depends on what I need. And I don’t mean – need eggs because we are almost out of them. No, it’s something different. I think it’s a sort of creative need, maybe. And right now, in September, at my favorite time of the year, I am all about the need for organizing. I wish this would hit me in August, BEFORE the school year starts, so I am not scrabbling around two weeks into it wishing I’d started things sooner. But the weather’s wrong in August. And that’s all there is to it.
So yesterday – I needed things. I needed a big calendar. Printer paper. I definitely needed Sharpies. In lots of colors. And I needed post-it notes. Because, you know…they’re colorful. I stood there and stared at all the colors and sizes of post-it notes for who knows how long, trying to decide. I’m pathetic.
I also needed pens. Many pens. And glue sticks. You know, for the kids. I forgot construction paper and regular drawing paper. Hmmm…maybe I should go back today.
I got all the stuff I needed – along with some things I only "needed" but at the time I needed them, so they still count. In my anything’s-justifiable world. haha.
And I got to the checkout line and the girl behind the counter asked "Would you like to donate a dollar for sick children?" And I stared at her for minute and asked "Which ones?" And we both burst out laughing. It was for a hospital in Massachusetts. I donated. I was feeling generous and happy by then.
I’d got my fix.