In the second week of this school year, Ethan lost his PE bag. A PE bag that had every strap labelled with his name and every item in it (school swimming costume, school swimming cap, goggles and a towel) labelled very clearly! To this day, we haven’t found the bag. We decided not to buy another PE bag (it costs in the region of R200), and we gave him one of those small bags that you can pull the strings closed to close it, that he had received driving back from holiday in December at one of the petrol stops – it’s a Paw Patrol bag. He was fine with it. We didn’t have to fork out money for a bag, problem solved.
Two weeks later, we had a “scare” (this uniform problem is real y’all!) when he got home from school and realised he had left his PE bag (the Paw Patrol bag) at school after PE. His school SHOES were in it! I’m not sure whether you know how much school shoes cost, but…I’ll leave it there. The next morning, we went to his class together and his PE bag was fortunately inside but we couldn’t get in to check whether the shoes were there as the class was locked…they were…problem avoided.
Last week Thursday, Ethan went to play in a soccer match at another school. They took the school bus. I told him in the morning to take his soccer stuff with him in the bus as we were taking him straight home from soccer. His dad took him home, I was on a work course. At 3pm, I saw 5 please call me’s from our nanny. I thought somebody was dying at home – okay, I’m over exaggerating on the somebody dying, but FIVE????!!!!! When I called home, P wanted to tell me that…Ethan came home without his school blazer. Ethan says he left it in the school bus, we are yet to find it. Seeing as it’s labelled and it was left in the school bus, I’m thinking it will pop up, but his PE bag and goodies inside were also labelled, and months later…nothing! Anyway, we live in hope, hahahaha.
Then this morning, while we were getting ready for school, Ethan asked me whether I could go with him to class this morning. Odd coming from him, a child who is quite independent, and generally walks to class alone. So I asked him why…he said that the kids make fun of his Paw Patrol bag and so he wants me to carry it for him. My heart broke.
We don’t have any other bag that’s small enough for him to carry his soccer kit to school in.
I’m now torn between whether letting him “toughen up” and just deal with this, or just spending the money and buying him a new bag. The last thing I want is for my child to be teased…but also, just throwing money around when he lost the bag in the first place…I’m not so sure??? Also, he’s only 6…arrggghhh.
When I bumped into one of the dads this morning, I mentioned the missing blazer, he said they’re on blazer number 2 and then he literally whispered…we bought it second hand…as if he was too embarrassed to say it out loud.
Do you buy second hand school items?
Do you think spending the cash when you have it on new items is okay or out of principal, will you not do it?