Don’t Go Shopping With Him

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Janie looked at her husband with disgust.  “Why do you insist on being so obnoxious when we go shopping?  What you said to that poor girl was way out of line.  She was just doing her job.”

“I am so sick of masks and being told I have to wear them when I go out.  It makes me so claustrophobic. The president says it will be over soon and besides, we are not in one of those hot spot states.”

“Do you know why we are not a hot spot?”

“Because the rona doesn’t like us?” Jon said with a smile.

“No, because out community followed the scientist’s recommendations not the president’s.  And we have been wearing masks all along.”

“Fine, I won’t bitch at the person guarding the door anymore.”

“Thank you!”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – obnoxious

Limited Supplies

The people started to gather at the door.  She knew it would be a long day with so many shoppers waiting at the doors.  The quarantine was to go into effect at midnight tonight so everyone wanted to shop while they could.  There was a large sign outside that stated no more than two of one item for any customer, they also had smaller versions on each door and by the high-volume items – paper goods, cleaners, canned food and batteries.  The doors opened and the mass moved forward.  This was worse than Christmas shopping she thought.

For the most part the morning went well.  As the day moved on and supplies dwindled down on the shelves, tempers flared.  She heard a man yell “Screw you!”  She turned and saw a man standing with one of the assistant managers.  It was obvious there were high tensions on both sides of the conversation.  As the argument went on the volume got louder and the man became belligerent.  He swore and took a swing at the manager who had joined in to try to calm the situation.  He ducked just in time.  It was then the police came into the building.

In no time the offensive customer was escorted out of the building and she continued checking out customers until the store closed at four o’clock.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – belligerent

Searching

Tanya walked into the shop on her right. She had been browsing the mall stores for a gift of some kind for her sister’s birthday. Her sister was older than her and had very different tastes that Tanya. She walked over to where the puzzles were and thought of her Dad who had loved them… her sister, not so much. Tanya went to the bookstore about three doors down. Her sister was an avid reader and had a love for puzzle books. She browsed the bookstore and found a few things, then progressed to the video game store. She began to browse through the Nintendo DS games and found the game she knew her sister was looking for waiting in the used bin just for Tanya to find. She had gifts in hand and began the trip home to wrap them, hoping her sister would love them.

 

Written for Famdango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – browse

My Favorite Store

“Mom I have to do a display board for my report.  Can we go and get some supplies?”

“Yes, I need to get some supplied myself for my Christmas cards I am making.  Let’s go get some things at Hobby Lobby.”

“But you are not going to take forever, are you?  You were in there an hour last time I went with you.”

“There is a lot to see in the store.  And besides, it was only 50 minutes not an hour.”

“Picky, picky!  Hey, can we get some of those lights to use on the board?”

“Sure, we can.”

(100 words)

This could have easily been a conversation between me and my daughter when she was in school.  I fall into some weird time warp in the store than makes the time pass without me noticing it.  Longest I have been in there is just a little over an hour…and it felt like maybe 15 minutes.  Yes, I know I have a problem… ha, ha, ha.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lobby

Mumbles … blasphemy

This is not the post I had planned on writing, but the day dictated what I had to say.

On an awful day like today I argue with God.  I argue why 20 innocent people doing an everyday thing had to die.  I argue why are there 26 more people in hospital beds.  Here in Iowa it was a tax free weekend for clothes shopping and people were out taking advantage of the tax break.  I don’t know if they had a tax holiday or not in Texas, but even if there was not back to school shopping going on, it was a Saturday which is always busy.  Why?

So today I am guilty of blasphemy.  I openly admit it.  I argue with God at a time like this.  I swear, I get angry, and I cry.  It is senseless violence.  It has to stop.  Until it does I will argue and cuss and question how a loving God can allow this to still happen. It makes me wonder if there even is a greater power at work?  It makes me wonder why?

My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy in El Paso today.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – blasphemy

The Countdown

The group was ready. They had four people in line and they were determined to get the special marked down 70%. Doors opened in just four minutes and Beth was glad. She had never been much of a shopper, but her fiancé’s family was big on Black Friday shopping and she wanted to fit in.

A loud voice shouted about the din, “There will be no running, no pushing or shoving and you will enter in a straight line when the doors open soon. Products will not be sold to anyone seen breaking these rules.”

Beth shook her head. Her fiancé looked over and smiled at her. She glanced back at her future Mother-in law and sister-in-law. Taking a deep breath she chanted with the crowd “5…4… 3… 2…” They never got to 1 as the doors opened, the crowd advanced, and the madness began.

This is the beginning of the week of Thanksgiving in the US. Please take some time to enjoy each other’s company. In some families it is less about the food and more about the shopping, but in either circumstance you can be grateful for lots of things. Be grateful you are together, or this only happens once a year for a few hours. Be grateful for delicious food or the meal you will fix when you get home. Be thankful for the great deals you are buying or that you are at home in a warm bed. Just celebrate what makes you happy this year!

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – advanced

Mumbles… Tantrum

Working 20 years as a cashier I saw my share of tantrums at the checkout. Often the parents worn down and tired would give in to the child and buy them candy or the toy they carried through the store. The customers I had to cringe about were the ones who would let their kids play, chew on and drool all over a toy then ask ME to take it from the child who would no doubt start to have at least a good loud scream. If you don’t have the courage to disappoint your own kids once in a while the future for them is doomed to be a major disappointment.

There is also the disgusting fact that the child had placed their germs all over the toy ready to spread them to whoever next needs a shopping pacifier. It made me wipe down a toy or two for my daughter before I would ever let her touch it.

I know when I was growing up I can’t ever recall being allowed to play with something we were not going to buy. When did the stores become playgrounds? I better stop typing now or I might just get mad enough to throw a tantrum about half-hearted parenting.

Happy and Grateful – Day 355

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Well I took a little snooze before I could write this…. out like a light after my poem.  But I woke up with my boyfriend this morning (he is not the most quiet person) and I am awake for a while now.  Let’s see if I can accomplish this!

It was a good day, busy but good.  Dad had another blood draw… sometimes he can go 2 to 3 weeks without testing then other times he is at the clinic 2 to 3 times a week, but at least they are keeping an eye on him.  After that I had one more gift to pick up.  I stopped at the Dollar Tree to get gift wrap and food tins for my goodies. Then back across town to see my doctor.

Just about every year I try to make my cookies and candies to share and the first place I shared my treats was at my doctor’s office.  The girls at the front desk are always so nice and as long as they promise to share with the doctor I treat them for the holiday.  I am happy to share and with such wonderful people… the help they give me does not go unnoticed.

After the doctor’s office it was off to the grocery store to purchase nearly the last of the gifts.  I now have only a calendar I ordered to pick up and lottery tickets to get and then I am done!  What a great feeling to be so close to done.  I am grateful for my “organization” this year so I can sit back and enjoy the holiday some.  I have three whole days to wrap presents!  Whoo hoo!

So it is time to drift back to sleep for a little while.  Four hours of sleep was just not enough.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 353

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

It has been a long day, but I put one foot in front of the other and just kept plugging away.  I tried to finish up my Christmas shopping today and came pretty close.  I will only need one more stop sometime this weekend and I will be done.  It is a good feeling… makes me happy.

I can now say I am done with Christmas cards.  I have the last sealed and stamped ready to head to the mailbox tomorrow.  I am grateful to have gotten them done on time this year.  Now I wonder who I forgot to send one to…?

I am pretty wiped out after today.  I did take a nap earlier so now I am up late again… a family “curse” we are all pretty much night owls.  My dad worked the overnight shift for about twenty years I believe.  So it is time to switch off my brain (I wish it was that easy) and get some rest.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!