I have braved the outside with both boys a few times now. In the past few weeks, I have been to Target a grand total of 3 times.
Every time we go, we have to browse the dollar section. I thank God for the dollar section because usually I can find something to literally buy me some good behavior time with Elijah. Whenever we get through those doors Elijah says "What can we get for me mommy?" The worst part about shopping with two kids however is check out.
At check out I have several things on my mind
- make sure everything rings up the right price
- make sure Elijah doesn’t climb out of the cart and onto the belt or fall on the floor
- go as fast as possible, there is usually someone behind me
- keep the passi in Graham’s mouth
- make sure Elijah doesn’t break the little credit card machine or fall out trying to reach it
- find my wallet and pay
So on my first adventure, Elijah got a pack of miniature safari animals (about the size of army men). I gave him a new animal every few minutes that he was being good. The trip went well. I was sweating by the time we got through check out. As we headed to the door, I saw the pack of animals that we had not paid for. I had to get back in line for a whopping $1.06 (but we had already opened the pack so we had to buy it).
The second trip I found this great sparkling pink lemonade on clearance. I tucked it away under Graham’s car seat so that Elijah would not see it and toss it out of the cart (a really fun game he likes to play- note my sarcasm). We made it through check out and out to the car (might I add I did not get a close space). As I began to unload my children and our belongings, I saw the bottle, in the cart, you guessed it, unpaid for.
Several things went through my mind. Should I just take it home? Of course not. Could I just leave it in the cart in the parking lot and hope that it made it back inside? Probably not. Should I load my kids back in the cart and trudge back inside? That is not really the best option is it? Should drive to the fire lane, park and run the bottle back in with kids in the car? Come on, you know you do it too.
Then I saw a lady heading into the store, my savior. I politely went up to her and asked her to return the bottle for me. I explained that I had two small children in the car. She agreed and didn’t even seem to think I was weird. I can’t believe I did that.
So you would think that I learned my lesson. Not really. If you don’t have children, you just don’t understand how hectic check out can get. The last time I was there, I had a big 8-pack of paper towels under the cart. I checked out and paid, completely forgetting they were there. Only this time, I saw them before I moved away from the counter. I know this is rude, but I did not get back in line. I simply asked the clerk to ring them up separately. I did not make eye contact with the lady behind me. I hope she didn’t go to Elevation!
PS. The worst thing that ever happened to me at Target was this summer with my sister and her 3 children, yes imagine, my sister and I with 4 children under age four (anytime the kids outnumber the adults, you are increasing your chances for trouble). She hit a man with our cart. He didn’t have any children. He didn’t seem to think it was funny either.