Skip to main content

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Where did the summer go? Another week and it'll be Labour Day weekend and for most parents that means their little monsters munchkins will be headed back to those hallowed halls of higher learning.  A few years back Staples ran a commercial that really made me laugh. It still gives me a chuckle. Watch the different moods of the father compared to his kids - and the soundtrack is the topper...

Yep, for parents it's the most wonderful time of the year. Here's a few editorial cartoons on the same subject that hopefully you'll also get a chuckle out of.


00dozo said…
Ha, ha! That commercial was (and still is), priceless! I'm sure you appreciated your kids going back to school, maybe not as enthusiastically.
nonamedufus said…
00dozo: For me that commercial is priceless. It's something I'd have done - you know, rub my kid's noses in it.
Ziva said…
Loved the commercial! We really need funnier commercials over here... I have a vague memory of mom being so happy she danced on the table when I went back to school one year. Of course, she could have also just been practicing for work...
nonamedufus said…
Ziva: A-ha-ha-ha, that's hilarious. With a sense of humour like that you could go to work in the advertising industry and write some of those funny commercials.
Quirkyloon said…

These are highlarious!

And soooo true! At least they are for me!

I totally loved the School Zone Watch Out For Kids And Moms Too!

And yes, school buses are answers to prayers!

Totally hilarious and fitting!

hee hee
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: Glad you enjoyed them. I started collecting them a couple of weeks ago. I love the "but sweetie you're the principal" one. Guess the kids aren't the only ones not looking forward to going back. I'm doing a musical tribute to back to school over on dufusdownbeat next week. You should drop by.
Leeuna said…
Bwahahaha. Love the commercial. this is true, even for the grandparents. I know I'm dancing a jig. :)
Kelly said…
Best. Commercial. EVER.

My first born spawn starts college on Monday and his little sister starts her sophomore year on Wednesday. Who's counting down the days? That'd be ME. Except that I won't be able to sleep in anymore but it's a small price to pay for Peace and Quiet.
nonamedufus said…
Leeuna: Isn't it great. The commercial, I mean. Well and the fact those little ankle biters will be someone else's concern all day long.
nonamedufus said…
Kelly: Yeah, now you'll be able to devote more time to stalking that hockey player. Good for you!
Jen said…
I've been counting down the minutes since mid July. I can't wait, and only 9 more days!
nonamedufus said…
Jen: Since mid-July? You poor soul. Well, not much longer. Hang in there, Jen.
Nicky said…
I always loved that commercial! I think my kids are weird. They're actually looking forward to starting back to school. I'm sure it won't last long.
Laffylady said…
Great commercial and I loved , loved the cartoons...mine are 18 and 21...but I feel the same way....maybe even more...I love them around but I really love the house staying clean, no dishes in the sink...and PEACE and Quiet...and blissful time with me and the Hubs..!thanks for the chuckle..!
nonamedufus said…
Nicky: As a kid I always found summer vacation long and looked forward to going back. As I got older, I got wiser.
nonamedufus said…
Laffylady: Yeah, I know the feeling. It's great to have the kids around. But it's also nice to have some time for yourself That's why they call it "the most wonderful time...". Glad you got a chuckle out of this.
K A B L O O E Y said…
I thought that commercial was funny even before I had the kid; now I find it funny... because it's true. Except mine's going to kindergarten, so she really doesn't know what her life is to become. (Nor do I, really, but at least I won't have to fight for my computer or play "Snakes" and Ladders for a while.) Cartoons were great, too. And that's just a couple of weeks worth? Maybe next year you should sell them at school bus stops? Can you imagine the mortified kids?
nonamedufus said…
KABLOOEY: Your child's probably pretty excited about going to school this year. That could change in years to come!
CatLadyLarew said…
One of the BEST commercials, ever! Back to school brings out emotions in all of us... some happy, some tragic!
nonamedufus said…
CL: Don't you just love that ad? Well, it's been some time since I've gone to school. And my kids have been out in the working world for some time. But my eldest grandchild starts Jr kindergarten this year. So the circle is unbroken.
Quirkyloon said…

These are highlarious!

And soooo true! At least they are for me!

I totally loved the School Zone Watch Out For Kids And Moms Too!

And yes, school buses are answers to prayers!

Totally hilarious and fitting!

hee hee

Popular posts from this blog

My Back Pages - November

I read five books last month bringing my year to date total to 61, well past the 50 I estimated at the beginning of the year. And I've yet to get through December.

The month started out with The Nix, the debut novel by Nathan Hill which has been receiving a lot off positive reviews. In it Hill flips back and fourth from the 1968 Chicago protests and 2011 in a desperate search for the truth behind why his mother abandoned him at an early age. In between Hill takes on politics, the media and addiction as well as other aspects of society. It's a well-spun tale and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Next up was the auto-biographical I Am Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. This was somewhat of a scattered affair but an interesting read nonetheless. Wilson - or his ghostwriter - however is no Hemingway.

Then it was on to one of my favourite authors, Ian Rankin and his latest tale of now retired Inspector John Rebus, Rather Be The Devil. I never tire of these stories and this is the 21st in …

My Back Pages - 2016

Here, as promised is a month-by-month breakdown of the 67 books I delved into this year. I got off to a strong start and then my intake dwindled for a couple of months until picking back up in April. I'll let you in on my favourites at the end of this list.


Here, There and Everywhere:
My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick - ****
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - ***
Close To The Edge - The Story of Yes - Chris Welch - ***
Sweet Caress - William Boyd - ****


Purity by Jonathan Franzen 
Still Alice by Lisa Genova.


Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
The Promise (Elvis Cole #20) - Robert Crais


The Snowman (Harry Hole)- Joe Nesbo ****
Phantom (Harry Hole) - Joe Nesbo ****
The Leopard (Harry Hole) - Jo Nesbo ****


George Harrison Reconsidered ***
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood ****
Dropping The Needle - The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II ***
The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, (Dave Robicheaux #6) - James Lee Burke****


 Lust and Wonder - Aug…

I Do

It was noon. The sun shone brightly in the sky. Birds chirped merrily in the trees. The sounds of traffic drifted up from the street. George picked up his keys and headed for the apartment door. This was a special day. Perhaps the most special day of his life to date. Today was the day he would ask Georgina to marry him. Georgina was his girlfriend. French. From France.

He'd covered all the bases. He'd bought the ring, a bouquet of flowers and a set of knee pads. If she said "no" at least they'd have a good laugh over the knee pads. If she said yes they'd remember him down on his knees this day forever.

He grabbed everything, locked the apartment door and descended the stairs. The restaurant was nearby so he decided to walk. As he waited on the corner for the light to change he thought of spending the rest of his life with Georgina. Not that he was being presumptuous but he had a good sense she felt the same way too. He was sure it was kismet. And besides wi…