As you may have read, the Not Blessed Family has been under the weather lately. The other night N.B.Daddy begged in a pathetic voice for some soda- it was the only thing that would help his sore throat, he explained in an extremely whiny, pathetic voice. So the Spawn and I loaded up in the car and ran over to the drugstore. I didn't mind actually- we have all been stuck at home lately and it sounded a little fun to escape the sick house.
Unfortunately, it seems that our cabin fever made us forget what it was like to be in the outside world. The Spawn went nuts in the store- "Look, candy, can we get a candy!" "Mom can we look at toys?" "Look, it's Fushigi Mom, can I have Fushigi for Christmas? Or my birthday, which comes first?" "Mom can we look at toys? Mom look it's Halloween, look at the Halloween candy!" After about 10,000 questions my resolve started to weaken and my vision started to blur. Okay, okay, okay- get a candy, look at toys. Okay- I give up, and you win. I figured we all deserved a little treat for having such a tough week anyway.
As we walked up to the register, I took a gander at my cart.... and I started to get a little embarrassed. Soda, gummy bears, a huge chocolate bar, rubber duckies and gummy eyeballs. A little plastic toy. Junk, junk, junk and more junk. As I put our items up on the counter I got more sheepish- what kind of person drags her raggedy, sniffley, crazy kids into the drugstore late at night just to buy garbage? The only way it could have gotten any better would have been if someone had puked on the floor. But I held my head high as I swiped my card. I reminded myself I had no reason to be ashamed. Who cares if my kids and I have been wearing the same clothes for 3 days? Who cares if I have boogers on my shoulder and buy Pepsi at 9 p.m.? No one does! Shame needs to go out the window when you are a parent. I mean, really- if you are brave enough to push a baby out on a table in a room full of strangers while your lady bits are flyin' in the breeze, you can do anything.
We took our junk food and prizes home and enjoyed the rest of our evening greatly. And shame free.
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