The three most depressing words in any so-called summer! When I was a teacher, that is. No, scrap that. When I was at school as both a pupil AND a teacher, the one thing that really got my goat was the way the shops all had their 'Back to School' displays up from the first week of the summer hols. I mean, I know there's lots to do and all that but SIX WEEKS?
Well, now I'm buying the stuff and no wonder Sally wanted to get it all at the beginning of the summer. Get it over with as soon as possible. I've just got my fingers crossed that she doesn't out grow the stuff we've got before September. And - for that reason - I've left the most expensive item on the list as late as possible. New black, flat black school shoes (with no coloured laces - honestly, who writes these uniform regulations? Oh yes, I used to...)
Anyway, for once I'm actually looking forward to a bit of shoe shopping. Because this summer there's a chance chance to win a top spec Macbook, iPod Nanos, iPod Shuffles and iTunes vouchers just by visiting the local Kickers stockist (and the full range of Kickers Back to School range can be found at www.kickers.co.uk). That'll certainly sweeten the Back to School Shopping pill - especially if I (er, I mean Sally) win.