I hope so!
After school today I needed to do some grocery shopping. I don’t LOVE to shop. For anything. Even good and lovely stuff. I just don’t like it. I don’t know why, but I think it started way back when I was a kid…you see… No. No. No, I won’t do it. I won’t go there with you! I will not do that to you…your not ready.
Ok, so I needed to go grocery shopping, and I didn’t want to. So, I devised a plan to lure my four kids into going with me and doing most of the work so I could get home sooner and be less tired than usual. Ha. What a ridiculous idea you might say. How absurd of you to think you will be LESS tired with the kids, you might muse! What are you sniffing that you might even for a moment think it better to go shopping with the kids, you may ponder?
Well… yes, I do absurd and ridiculous things on a daily basis, but I sniff nothing…that is nothing but boys armpits to see if they are the culprit to the deodorant-deficient smell I’m smelling! And until recently I would have had to agree with you that one is better shopping alone than with a tribe of smelly young elephants. But not this time!
I bribed them with Taco Bell! Ha! Taco Bell has great powers! Powers I was unaware of! Now, all I have to do is say “Taco Bell?” and they are ready to do my every whim! Well, not really, but today it worked!
You see, I was battling a very large head ache. (Unfortunately this in not unusual for me. Another childhood thing…I am sure!) I couldn’t think well, and my husband is on a trip, so I couldn’t ask for his help. I was doing good today to get through school, although in spite of my head…we had a good day. So, I asked them if they would help their mom out and come grocery shopping with me. I got the usual groans and wet noodle style body launguage, but then one of them had pitty on me, and the other three followed suit. Cool!
They were awesome! And when I say awesome, I mean awesome! My oldest made it like a game with the younger ones! He would send them off to find an item and when they came back with it, he would send them off again for another. Then he and I split up – we were forced to rip the grocery list in half! We got two grocery karts full in record time and I didn’t even have to put all of it on the belt or in the car!! These wonderful, sweet, awesome, handsome, increadable boys did it all for me!!! Wow. If this is how they are going to be in the future… lucky wives!
I did treat them to Taco Bell afterwards, and for us it is a treat. We don’t go out very often. But here is the other good thing. As my youngest (7) and oldest (20) went in another vehicle to get the Taco Bell, the two middle ones (10 &12) and I went on home to unload the car and put the food away. They not only unloaded the whole car, they helped stock shelves and put produce away when they were done. And when it was all put away…and I was hugging and thanking them for all their hard work…they smiled big, hugged back and said that they had fun! They liked it? What? What the heck? They like it! YYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS! They will, in time, become my personal shoppers!!!!!! Sweeeeeet.
I would like to bottle this day and keep it under my pillow for such times in my life when all I get is a grunt from the men around here. Then I can retreat to my room…open the jar…sniff…and enjoy this day again for while! Minus the head ache, of course!
Then I would have something better than armpits to sniff!
I love my boys!
The boys...birth ones and "adopted" ones!