CVS trips with 3 small children are so much fun. I just love having everyone stare in our direction and hearing me give endless commands. “Josiah, put that back. Sadie, get back here. Jackson, don’t touch anything. Josiah, get down from there. Sadie, pay attention to me…” And on it goes. Isn’t that every parent’s dream?
Then, of course, a shopping excursion wouldn’t be complete unless someone had to go to the bathroom. So, we’re three quarters of the way finished with our list of ten items or so when we have to traipse to the back of the store to “see a man about a horse”. And, naturally, the rest of the gang have to get in on the action. Wouldn’t want anyone missing that horse. After what seems like an eternity, hands are washed and we are finally free of the restroom.
Next is the water fountain. Which, have you ever noticed that it’s nearly impossible for a child to drink from a fountain without getting their shirts soaked? Maybe this is unique to us but it’s just been my observation.
So, with wet shirts and shoes that can’t seem to stay on Sadie’s feet (it would help if she’d put them on the right way) we gather our things, grab a gallon of milk and a couple cans of tuna and finally arrive at the register…where a sizable line has formed. Once at the counter and while the cashier and I are busy ringing my purchases, the kids begin to wander in three different directions (of course they do). They are all within sight, just looking longingly at different candies, trying to resist the urge to touch them, and failing miserably. If I thought they were being blatantly defiant, they’d be in big trouble. But the truth is, they are just curious creatures with ants in their pants. And God bless them, they did stay by my side in line until it was my turn. That took some patience.
We finally have everything in the car and everyone buckled and I begin to feel relief, “Ah, finally. We’re going home.” Then what happens? My eldest says, “Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom.” AND I realize I forgot to grab a loaf of bread. (sigh) Yes, shopping trips grow exponentially larger in duration when you factor children into the equation.