Back to School in the '70s: Take the kids downtown to go shopping at Sears for back to school clothes the last week of August. Get everyone a new pair of corduroys and a striped T-shirt. You have spent a total of $43. Back to School 2014: Take kids shopping at the mall for new school clothes. Buy them each a completely new wardrobe from Gymboree and Crew Cuts. Spend $2,387.07 on your credit card.
Victoria Fedden received her MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her blog, “Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds,” was voted 2011’s Best Humor Blog by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and her personal essays have been anthologized in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and My Other Ex. She also regularly contributes to Elephant Journal, and her writing has appeared on or is forthcoming from Scary Mommy, Babble, among other blogs and websites. She lives with her family in Fort Lauderdale and online at victoriafedden.com. Please visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/victoriacfedden for updates and inspiration.
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