I’ve always held high ideals for myself. Things “those people” do that I would never do. When I had Oliver I lost a few of my ideals but now having two small children I have thrown most of my ideals away and have join the ranks with “those people.”
I have always hated seeing shopping carts littering store parking lots. I would thing to myself, “Self, why can’t ‘those people’ walk a couple of feet to the shopping cart collection area? Are they really that lazy?” When it was just Oliver returning my cart wasn’t that big of a deal; I’d just drop off my groceries at the car and Oliver and I would return the shopping cart to it’s proper place.
Now with Oliver and Linus it’s been a HUGE struggle not turning into “those people.” I wish I could see myself trying to get one crazy toddler, who doesn’t like getting into his car seat and one infant who is snuggled in his Baby Bjorn into the car. I’m sure it would be a good laugh. Once at Costco I was unloading Linus into his seat and Oliver was still in the cart when I realized Oliver was rolling away into the busy parking lot. I then stretched out my leg and caught the cart. I was stuck but only for a second when I couldn’t hold the cart any longer, let go, and Oliver and the cart ran right into the side of the Buick parked next to us. It wasn’t hot out but I was sweating. I couldn’t believe I just did that. Did the owner see me? Should I leave a note? I didn’t leave a note but quickly finished buckling Linus in as I use the Buick for a cart stopper. Then chucked Ollie into his cart seat. Do you think I put my cart back? Ummm NO. I high tailed it out of there leaving the cart with front wheels in the planter next to us.
So if you are ever annoyed with shopping carts strewn around parking lots. Just imagine those carts belonged to the Mothers of multiple kids just trying to make it in this hectic thing we called life (didn’t that just make you feel sad for us moms). And you have my permission to yell at “those people” sans kids leaving their carts for others to clean up.