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A tough morning.

August 26, 2011

We were all a little grumpy this morning.  A mood not improved by finding, upon arrival at the grocery store, that the one and only cart that seats multiple children (with a 2 seater little tykes car attached to the front) has been stolen (yes, stolen).  It is hard for me to imagine a thief running away from CUB foods pushing a grocery cart with a huge little tykes car on the front of it.  And what would you do with it once you got it home?  I don’t know, but I tell you I will be on the lookout for suspicious persons pushing around a grocery cart meant for mothers of multiples.

Without the family cart, I have to push two carts.  One for just children and one for child + food.  In an effort to improve our mood, I let the children each have a cookie at the bakery (free) and  pick out a huge bouncy ball ($1.49).  “What joy!” I thought, “And for only $1.49.”  In part, the impulse purchase was spurred by Ni-ni, reminiscing about how fast the little years fly and how she wishes she could see those little people again and buy us a toy at the grocery store.  “You’ll never regret it,” Ni-ni promised.

In fact, I did regret it.  On the way to the car Elisabeth dropped her ball which rolled under a handicap van where it became lodged.  I felt a little dignity slip away as I lay on the ground in the CUB parking lot, probing around under someone’s wheelchair van with a long loaf of french bread to rescue a hot pink ball that cost me much more than $1.49.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Olson permalink
    August 26, 2011 8:27 pm

    When you look back at this entry in future years, you will indeed chuckle —- I promise. And you will be glad you wrote it down so very well. ( Years ago, grocery stores did not have carts like the one stolen — Carl and Mark would lay “in the basement” on their tummies and pretend they were flying, while Sara and Dan were “upstairs.” The groceries followed behind in cart #2 so I could keep an eye on the hazards of cart #1—it IS funny now — I wish I could have been an independent observer 🙂 )

  2. Grammie permalink
    August 27, 2011 10:18 pm

    I cannot imagine going to the store with FOUR children!! I can’t even imagine going with THREE! Good job, Mary and Lucy.

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