Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I said I would NEVER do it!

I have one very important rule, one that I broke last week. "Thou shalt never bring 4 boys into anyone's place of business by myself." It is the 11th commandment, and I have sinned against it! I took all of my boys into the store and let me just tell you the wages of sin really is DEATH!!

I was heading to a weekend long conference at my church, and on the way to taking the kids to my parents, I had to run into CVS. It is not a big store, very few toys and such, so I justified my rule breaking. They actually did pretty well at first. We charged through the store, quickly, grabbing exactly what we needed. Diapers for the baby. I hightail it up to the counter and a very nice 12 year old boy begins to check me out. Halfway through the transaction, the computer freezes!! Ok I decide to remain calm. He looks dumbfounded, not exactly sure how to handle this problem. I suggest calling a manager or trying another register. His first life-saving maneuver was acting promptly on both of my suggestions. Manager arrives just as he is attempting to re ring me, there is no drawer in the register. The manager calls to the "back"(I can't imagine where that could be the whole store is about 500sq ft!) to get a drawer for the new register. I say don't even worry about it I will use a credit card then we have no need for cash. Apparently the register won't work without the drawer so it doesn't matter how I pay. Right next to the register is one of those "can't find the price, find it here" things. Here starts the fun stuff for my boys. While I wait, Camden is crying because his is sitting in the reason why we needed diapers so desperately and my bigger boys are roaming the store to find the coolest stuff to scan! After a 15 minute wait, they finally have the register situation worked out, the counter is full of random items they now need to reshelf. By the way, coolest item scanned that day, Dr. Scholls corn removers. Don't ask me why, the tribe has spoken.
After paying for my diapers, I head to the car. As we approach the automatic doors, Sam slams right into them. They would not open! Many people had come and gone while I waited, but when we tried to leave they wouldn't work!! We were trapped!! In what might be my own personal hell! I am starting to sweat and all of the walls are closing in on me. That store never seemed so small! After another 10 MINUTES, they get the doors working and I burst out to the free world. I was only moments from dropping to my knees, tears flowing down my face and kissing the sidewalk. I have never felt such sweet freedom! I had an overwhelming need all of the sudden for a GRANDE white chocolate mocha. Which I got, but this time I used the drive-thru!! PRAISE GOD FOR DRIVE-THRU'S!!!!!!


swart said...

Hilarious! ... really - so funny. I didn't know going to the store could be such a challenge - but i only have 2 ... i guess i can see it if there were 4 connor's ... man oh man ... now that i think about it.

Bipin Sen said...

Haha.. Swart's thinking might very well lead to action... :-)

momanna98 said...

Finally, another mother who knows of that eleventh commandment! I always wonder what's wrong with me and my kids that going to the store just. doesn't. work.

Elizabeth Tsukayama said...

LOL. :) I loved picturing you locked inbetween the double doors with the kiddos (that is where it was, right?).. :)
I haven't had the 4th yet, but if I never took them all, we would never have groceries! LOL! But you should see us all chanting our "store rules" every.single.time we pull into a store parking lot! "No touching anything!" "No asking for anything!" "No loud talking!" "Stay CLOSE to mama!" "Obey everything Mama says!"
They need to be reminded every.single.time!!!

Lisa said...

lol. poor candy. And the funny thing is the kidless men are probably telling THEIR version of events at home. : ) "Ya should've seen this lady..."
elizabeth, i do it with two. Julia AND Jack have "the look" down from me.

Julie B said...

You are a great writer. Did anyone ever tell you that you should write a book? ;-)