Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's all about choices...

How do you handle what life throws at you? Do you duck and end up wishing you hadn’t because what you’re standing in is WAY worse than what just flew past your head?

I CHOSE to go shopping on the busiest shopping day of the year. I knew exactly what was about to catapult toward me with frightening speed. But my adventure into the dangerous environment of bargain hunting humans turned out to be laced with several very entertaining moments.

Moment #1 – The Drive-thru Opera:

Coffee! I needed coffee in the worst way at 1:30 a.m. The only place open was a 24 hr. fast food drive thru and everyone in the tri-state area had the exact same idea. So, we pulled into line. 45 minutes later, slightly frustrated and more than ready for our turn, we ease in front of the order box and a cheerful voice SINGS out: “Welcome to XXXX! We’re hap-hap-happy you’re here and we’re doing our best to make your DAAAAYYY better!!!!” Both my daughter and I explode with laughter. How could you remain irritated at a worker willing to greet his customers in such a cheerful way? And when he handed us our order, he smiled a GENUINE smile and wished us good luck in finding all our bargains.

Moment #2 – Be vewwy, vewwy quiet – they’re sleeping:

About three hours into our adventure, I collapsed on a heavenly bench while daughter plowed into her favorite shop across the way. Three older ladies plopped down beside me, dropped their heads against the back of the bench –and proceeded to snore. I would’ve done the same but the one closest to me was sawing them off pretty loud.

Moment #3 – The sales clerk who loved them all:

By the tenth hour of our shopping spree, my tail was wiping out my tracks. I’d grown silent, operating on complete impulse power, auto-pilot guiding me through the motions. I pulled my selections out of the cart and placed them on the counter of our last stop. The poor child chatted the entire time she rang up my purchases, oblivious to the glassy-eyed zombie I’d become. At the end of the chore, she patted me on the shoulder and winked. “You’re so tired: you forgot to give me one of our coupons. I know you’ve probably got it in your purse, so, I gave you the sale price.” With my last shred of energy, I pulled myself out of my lethargy and thanked her for being such a wonderful person. I thought about telling the manager, but I’m not too sure it wouldn’t get her in trouble. So, I’m hoping her good deed will bring her the blessings she deserves.

The moral? Life is what you make of it. How will you handle what’s tossed your way?

As an added note: Laughter is one of the greatest gifts. One of my friends emailed me these cute photo’s that brought a smile to my face. Enjoy!


  1. I've done the Black Friday shopping a couple of times. It was a couple of times too many. Never again. I much prefer to go to the movies!

  2. Black Friday shopping was definitely an adventure, Michael. If you ever want to "observe" and be entertained - go sit in the mall. ;-)

  3. I can TOTALLY relate to what you're saying, Stacy. But I have to admit, the real reason I do the Black Friday shopping thing isn't for the bargains - it's turned out to be a fantastic adventure every year that I get to share with my daughter. :-)

  4. You are a brave soul. I would have been asleep on my feet. Although, the singing coffee guy might have woken me up. Glad to see you still have fun adventures with your daughter.

  5. We don't have a Black Friday here, but we do have the 'New Year Sales' that last for w-e-e-k-s, but yours sounds awsome. I agree poeple watching from a Mall bench is great fun.
    But--- I ardored your pics!

  6. Yes, Victoria - I'm a very lucky mom - I have great times with both my daughters! :-)

  7. Hmm..New Year Sales - that sounds like an opportunity to "people watch"! :-)

  8. I LOVED your pictures, hilarious and so true! Great website and of course spectacular books!