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December 21, 2005

Never Run Errands with Cranky Kids

All I wanted to do was run a couple errands, get some stuff done before holiday hysteria set in. I was feeling good enough to say "Okay, I'll do this, this and that" but now I realize I set out too late. I messed around with stuff at home, sat on hold with the mortgage company...so by the time I got myself showered and dressed, got the younglings dressed and then set off...Daughter was reaching that melt-down stage.

Things at the bank went fine, as we went through the drive-through, but by the time we got in to Kroger she was throwing her temper. She was screamingcrying, and we mothers know the looks we get when that happens. By the time I got up to self-checkout and that bastard machine wouldn't take my $10 bill, I'd had enough. Someone looked at me and scowled about the noise Daughter was making and I snapped. I shouted "Merry Stinkin' Christmas to you too, nosey!"

I know, I know, bad GroovyVic, but I had reached my limit with the whole thing.

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Posted by Groovyvic at 12:19 PM | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)
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Groovyvic,

You're every woman. I've had those days as well. What two year old doesn't have a good tantrum in the store from time to time. It's those older children kicking and screaming that occasionally make me whince. Most of the time I try to mind my own business. We've had plenty..ahem...of times in public where I questioned my sanity.
Once in Bealls, a department store, my oldest one who was two at the time, took off her diaper. Of course, I had no idea. My mom and I turned to walk down the aisle, and up a good ways was a used diaper in the middle of the aisle. Our initial reaction was ugh!!! It was ours. I guess the big girl didn't feel exactly comfortable, so she got rid of the problem. It was humiliating then, but hilarious now.

Posted by: thirdee at December 21, 2005 03:11 PM

Well that was quite the post... :)

Posted by: thirdee at December 21, 2005 03:12 PM

Oh, I cringe looking forward to this since the Branch and Blossom are heading into their second year of life.

I REALLY wish they had the self-pay registers here. So far only Home Depot has them. In PA, the grocery store my mom shops at has them and I used one at the Wal-Mart in Rockville, MD (Which is sort of a brain trust right there, alot of science and research centers and whatnot. I guess they think we're not smart enough in FL to do it ourselves).

Posted by: junebee at December 21, 2005 06:17 PM

Yeah, we all have a breaking point. I think it's funny that you called someone nosey though. (is that wrong?) :-)

Posted by: Nancy at December 21, 2005 07:11 PM

It was only bad because I'd missed out on that "window" kids have. It was getting late in the morning, too late to be running around, and she was getting tired. It didn't help that I had a massive headache, either, but I shouldn't have waited so long to get the errands started.

Posted by: GroovyVic at December 21, 2005 07:58 PM

I probably already told you about my friend's husband and his answer to the public tantrum. Throw one of your own. It's the "shock factor" thing, although I don't know if it would work on 2-yr-olds. Worth a try, though! ;)

Posted by: Anna at December 21, 2005 09:14 PM