Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blinders On

Ring, Ring, Ring goes the phone

"Hey, are you mad at me?"

"What?" Confused, "why would I be?"

"I don't know, but I just saw you in Target and you cruised right past me"

"Oh, yeah, well, I shop with blinders on....."

As you know (or some new found friends may not know) I have four kids. Dearest is for the most part working. There for it is to be understood that when I am going anywhere I have four kids with me. Now, as they are growing it is getting better, but I have fallen into the habit of shopping with blinders on. I am focused on the task at hand and where my children are at all times.

I am not a casual, stroll along and listen to the muzac whilst looking at the products around me - no I am the need 6 cans of cream soup and 6 cans of diced tomatoes in this aisle kind of shopping fury . I also expect my children to show the utmost respect and decent behavior in public. That means keeping a close eye on everything they say or do while they are still in the "training" process (don't email me about my choice of words- words are eluding me this week- if you have a better one to insert there then do so!)

My intention when I enter a store is to get what I need and (usually) a little more. Avoid as many impulse buys as possible and get out of there without ripping the heads off any stupid muzac listening shoppers along the way, as I make sure my kids don't embarrass me or break anything (like a jar of tomato juice -ugg!).

So if you see me breeze past you in Target or the grocery store and I don't stop to chat or even wave 'hi' it is not because I am mad at you. I just don't see you (or I may see you and be avoiding you because that would keep me in the store that much longer... shhhh don't tell anyone that part)


dannyd said...

When I shop, if I go shopping at all, I usually take my time looking for the products and sometimes miss good deals that are right next to me lol!

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Pattern and Perspective said...

People worry about themselves too much. Great post. I'm glad I don't have this problem -- I usually never see anyone until it's too late.

OneZenMom said...

Great post. I'm the same way. in fact, on the very rare occasions when I go shopping without the kids, I hardly know what to do with myself. I'm still usually in a hurry though. And somewhat anti-social. I've been known to just throw on my mp3 player and barrel through just to get what I need and get out without distraction.

Alex @ I'm the Mom said...

haha too funny Jules


Sprout said...

That is exactly why I do the grocery shopping at 10:30 pm. I get to go by myself. And the hubby is still awake to help me unload. Do it once and you will be hooked...