Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Trip to the Store

There is nothing like a good trip to the store for blogging. I am currently juicing to regain my health, after having watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and hearing the success of another friend from it, and experiencing less than desirable results lately from all my other avenues of healing right now. Sooo, I ran out of produce to juice, and as I have been making some progress I didn't want to stop juicing, hence, the desperate trip to the grocery with all 5 kids in tow.

As I'm sure I have mentioned before, I love my kids. But I am also a human being. And the thought of a trip out in public with all of them, makes me cringe a teensy bit. Mainly because, it is hard to avoid comments and looks when you have 5 children, and I am not a saint, yet, so the occassional "Oh my GASH! Look at all them kiddos!" (southern style) does bother me, a little. So as I load em' up and head in, a still small voice whispers, "Remember, they are your jewels, your prizes, your pride and joy." and so opens the door.

The Little Guy, has no indoor voice. But he does have a grocery store voice, which is MUCH louder than his outdoor voice. "HEY! LOOK AT THE BANANAS MOM! WOW! LOOK AT THE PEACHES!" I will spare you every other item of produce that we passed, but he didn't miss a beat. (Remember, Jewels.) Just when I thought the excitement had worn off a little and maybe just maybe, he would pipe down, the produce guy got in on it too and with a mischevious smile on his face from across the way yelled, "Look at the bananas!!" Nice.
We were so close, too.

And you know how I talked about those nice elderly people on the first trip? Well there are also cranky elderly people, bless them, who are NOT excited about your children.

Angel Boy has these, froggy rain boots. He loves them. He calls them his "Ribbits".
Another Trip to the Store

They are easy to put on when you are rushing out the door and getting a diabetic child prepared for an outing and 3 other kids with their shoes, preferably matching, if possible.

But apparently to the lady next to us, it was the greatest offense known to mankind, to wear rainboots on a day without rain. Addressing my baby she practically shouts (putting Little Guy to shame) "What on earth are you wearing RAINBOOTS for?!"

Princess sweetly replies, "He just loves them, they are his favorite." with a smile that puts the sun to shame.

"Well it's not RAINING!" she barked back. And that was that. The Queen looks at me in disbelief as the woman carted off.
"What's wrong with it mom?"
"Nothing, but just smile and nod."
Unfortunately, we crossed paths again with Crankypants coming out of the bathroom.
"You all just keep showing up, don't you?!"

Yea, we are annoying like that.

I thought of one of my favorite quotes from another catholic dad when he brought all his kids to a work-related cook-out, was questioned about his family size and said "We're catholic, don't you know? We are trying to take over the world."

But really, all I would want to say to the cranky grocery ladies out there is this: My children are jewels. If you spent 30 minutes with them I promise you will smile more than you have in a long time. They are not always easy to "deal" with in the eyes of the world, but neither are adults. And truthfully, I keep company with these little folks so often, I feel awkward and lonely without them. Do I enjoy a night out like other weary moms? Yes! Do I go crazy by the end of the day when all five come to me at once with needs and ridiculous questions like, "Mom, when are we having the last day of Halloween?" or "Mom, what are we doing tomorrow night?" first thing in the morning? Yes!!

But I have 5 people to help with groceries (well, technically 3 and 2 to be cute while they do it), 5 people to talk to about Kroger's new and exciting upcoming renovation (Yea!), 5 people to laugh with about the rainboots nazi, and 5 people to walk back to the car with, with my husband's eyes, my hair, and some of their own spark.

And yes, we are trying to take over the world.



  1. This made me laugh and cry at the same time. Love it.

  2. You should have looked at your littlest when rainboots lady was fussing at him and said, "Oh MY! You are so right! I TOLD him to wear his ladybug rainboots! The froggies are for Church ONLY."