I love shopping … when I’m alone or doing the simple things … when I’m alone. Nowadays, it’s impossible. So I take my kid with me. My kid who happens to be 3 years old and has the same spirit of an energizer bunny. Of course, before I do that, I contemplate on whether or not I can endure all of the following:
1) The hour or so it takes to get ready – Yup! I used to be able to put my makeup on, my favorite outfit, my shoes, grab my purse and out go out the door. Now, I have to pack food, extra clothes, and whatever other necessities we might need. Then of course I have to go through the torture of trying to get my 3 year old to agree on an outfit to wear, after I get him to agree to going out in the first place. Then it takes an added 10 minutes to figure out what kind of toys or things he will “need” to take with him to keep him entertained. Then another 10 minutes will be added onto the struggle of getting him into the car. Yes, there are 50 different ways I could probably name that could keep the idea of going from the door into his car seat, a big dilemma!
2) The possibility of a temper tantrum – These can pop up at any given moment. Of course it’s worse when he’s had less sleep or hungry, but sometimes you just have no idea what could be roasting his temper!
3) The loading and unloading of his things – It would be impossible to make a quick getaway with this. You have to load and unload your giant stroller. Then pack and unpack the toys and bag and crap that you need just to go to the store! It’s definitely worse if you’ve got an infant.
4) The arguments – We work very hard on trying to make him understand why he can’t just get whatever he asks for when we go to a store, but he still does whatever he can to test us. Sometimes it’s easy to explain why he’s not getting something and sometimes I feel a very painful migraine as a result of the stress it takes to have to think of a quick story to tell him as to why he just isn’t going to get that toy car. Why not just say, “no” and not have to explain myself? It’s easier said than done. I would rather figure out how to close the situation than listen to an hour long of crying.
Besides the “buying” factor of going shopping, we might argue about other things, like why he shouldn’t run off without me, why he needs to stay in his stroller, why I can’t do this or that. He just loves to talk and argue about something … anything …
5) The non-stop talking – Sometimes I just want peace and quiet. When we’re out shopping, the talking is worse than when he’s at home. He could be looking at a tree and asking what color the tree is, why it’s so tall, where they come from, how many leaves they have … it’s unbelievable!
I know this makes it all sound like my little guy is a real pain in my rear end, but he is still the sweetest thing in the world to me and believe it or not, I would never trade him for anything in the world. He can just drive me crazy sometimes and make the idea of going out a bit “difficult.”