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The Back-to-School Shopping that Never Was

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
By Glinda


I’ll admit it. 

I didn’t really do any back-to-school shopping.

Despite all the hype that builds up in August and September about needing to stock up on clothes, I asked myself, why?  Besides, school started for us back in July.

I don’t live far from major shopping centers, so there was no marathon shopping trip needed due to lack of access.  I could see how that might be an issue in smaller cities, but wouldn’t internet shopping be sort of a blessing in that case? 

Also, I don’t live in an area of the country that has an early fall.  In fact, there are Thanksgivings where we are able to still dress in sandals, capris, and short-sleeved shirts.  So I felt utterly no compunction to buy a bunch of long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, and pants when they would just take up valuable real esate in the Munchkin’s dresser until late October.

So I seem to be just sort of piecing his wardrobe for fall and winter here and there, whenever I see a good price.  Can you say a pair of Skechers for $15? Or Ralph Lauren pants for $10? Yeah, patience rakes in the deals for sure.

But the sad part is, I’m still pretty sure he has a better wardrobe than I do. 

Pink and Proud

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
By raincoaster

Pink Shirt Day!

Cast your minds back, dear readers, to a more innocent time. When things were quieter. When people were nicer. When the deer and the buffalo roamed.

Sorry, lost the thread.

Yes, cast your minds way, waaaaaay back, to this time last year. That was when we blogged about David Shepherd and Travis Price, two students in Nova Scotia who, outraged by seeing a fellow student bullied for wearing a pink shirt, took arms against a sea of bullies and, by opposing, ended them.

They started the Pink Shirt movement.

They used the Internet to encourage people to wear pink and bought 75 pink tank tops for male students to wear. They handed out the shirts in the lobby before class last Friday — even the bullied student had one.

“I made sure there was a shirt for him,” David said.

They also brought a pink basketball to school as well as pink material for headbands and arm bands. David and Travis figure about half the school’s 830 students wore pink…

“People say you’re famous, heroes or celebrities,” added Travis, who plans to take criminology next year. “We’re not, we’re just two kids who stood up for a cause.”

And now the government of Nova Scotia has declared the second Thursday of every school year to be Pink Shirt Stand Up Against Bullying Day. This year, that is today, but if you miss it there’s an International Stand Up Against Bullying Day on Friday, November 21st during anti-bullying week.

“The actions of these two young men, along with their fellow students who wore pink to school in support of another student, are showing all Nova Scotians just how much of a difference individuals can make,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. “It is an honour to acknowledge their creative and selfless efforts by proclaiming a day at the outset of each school year to relay such a positive message against bullying.”

Join the Facebook group and upload photos of you and your kids flaunting your pink, or just go ahead and stand up to bullying right here in Real Life by wearing your pink with pride!icon. Blog it, forward it, wear it, flaunt it!

Now that’s Superfantastic!


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