Short versus Long Pencils

Do you remember when kids went to school and used the same two pencils for the entire year? Today, not only do we have too many pencils, we have too much of many other things.

Do you remember when kids went to school and used the same two pencils  for the entire school year?  We would use the pencil until it was just about down to the eraser and our fingers barely fit on it anymore!  Just last week, my daughter found a pencil like this in our kitchen.  She was in awe!  She had never seen a pencil like this before!  Where did this tiny pencil come from?  Honestly, I have no idea where this pencil came from.  It just magically showed up one day in my kitchen!

It amazed me!  How could my daughter have never seen a pencil like this before?  My childhood was littered with tiny pencils!  Here is the answer.  Every year, I have to purchase 24 – 48 pencils, per child, for school!  What are they doing with all of these pencils?  There are a couple of theories.  1.  They eat them.  2.  The schools are selling them.  I don’t think either are correct!  Still, what do they do with all of those pencils?  I literally just supplied each person in the classroom with two pencils!  Isn’t that all that you need for the school year?  When you only have two pencils, you learn to take really good care of your pencils!  You may even have a favorite pencil!  Now, they have to share all of their supplies.  I don’t have any problem with sharing, but when you have a very limited amount of something, you learn more quickly to appreciate what you have and take care of your things.  Maybe we have too many pencils these days?  Maybe we have too much of many things these days.  We don’t need 24 pencils to clutter up our lives…just one good one to get the job done!

Author: Laura

Hi, I am a mother of three beautiful children that I have been blessed to stay at home with since they were newborn. This is my first blog and I am really just hoping to share my thoughts about being a 21st century parent. I hope you will enjoy my blog and perhaps we will share some laughs about our trials and successes of parenting in this century!

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