In a daze. That’s what I am when grocery shopping with my two, cute, sweet, adorable, BOYS. The youngest is too big to ride in the buggy, that is, except that big ‘0 car buggy at Kroger that takes every bit of my leg power to push! My youngest (3) is really not the challenge, but my dear 6 year old. Grocery shopping with my Sammy has been challenging since he learned he could get out of the two-seater Walmart cart. I remember one time I even had Daddy have a talk with him about cooperating with Momma, staying in the cart, blah, blah, blah. And here we are, 4 years later, and I hate grocery shopping days. And especially on this day, my mind drifts to the thought that I’d have an easier go at this if I stuck him in school and didn’t homeschool….on these days, the yellow bus looks appealing.
I’ve tried everything to embrace shopping day. Organized. Unorganized. Have them help me. Have them hold the cart. Allow them to run up and down the isle. Don’t allow them to do previous mentioned. Reward. Punishment. Smile genuinely. Fake smile. Grab arm and whisper in their ear. Speak loudly so that an isle over can hear me. Have breakfast at Chick-fil-a and shop early. Have lunch at Chick-fil-a and shop late. Leave them at home with Dad and shop at night. Leave them with my Mom and hurry-shop during the day.
So we shopped at Albertson’s today to spend $20 (I spent $40…that tells me something about Albertsons and why I don’t shop there) so I could get a Jennie-O Turkey CHEAP. Then we went to Krogers for big shopping and my effort was to have the boys take turn being my helpers and they would get paid. Somewhere in that they both ended up pushing the cart, which was really nice and helpful. But the end of the trip was a kicker….with my buggy LOADED, I asked Sammy to help pull from the front – and this lead to a scrape on his boots which I still don’t know if he actually got hurt, but the blood-curdling scream that came several seconds later…was because?? Which annoyed me…..then I try to manuever my buggy (LOADED) past this white car….and get stuck on their side mirror…which actually moves back in place, but then a 2 gallon water falls off from underneath while I’m trying to make sure my out-of-control-loaded-buggy does NOT scrape with white car….Sawyer says “Mom, the water!” I’m yelling “Really! Do I get to have any more frustrations today?????” and yell at Sawyer to just leave the water! But he picks it up and lugs it to the car…sweet boy. As oldest finally pulls it together (’cause I’m not thinking he was hurt) and then runs his mouth when I try to tell him I didn’t intend to hurt him or his boots…I’m realizing I’m melting and should not have turned down the LARGE Hershey’s Chocolate bar Sammy offered me at checkout!
I’m at a loss here. Unless I just simply decide, it is what it is and it won’t always be this way. At this point, the yellow school bus is not an option! LOL! And I’m grateful it’s not, as we have some marvelous times. But the next time it’s grocery shopping day and Sammy offers me some chocolate, I’ll say “Thank you for reminding me I need chocolate!” And pick up a Sonic diet vanilla coke on the way home! Alas, my pantry and fridge are full with two turkeys in the freezer. We’ve all had a nap and supper tonight is an Easty chicken Tortilla Soup. For this, and God’s grace that we are now smiling again, I am thankful!