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Family, Parenting, Rope-worthy

Games Grown-ups Play

One of the fun things about having Catherine home for five weeks before spring semester begins at Hofstra is the chance to spend time with her as I go about my usual activities.

On Saturday, I coerced her into doing the grocery shopping with me.

wintersoul1/Flickr photo

wintersoul1/Flickr photo

 

It wasn’t exactly quality time.

My list was long (not counting the things she kept adding to the cart when I wasn’t looking) and ShopRite was elbow to elbow. I wouldn’t normally bother shopping on a Saturday, but, well, it’s just how things worked out.

We managed for a few aisles with Catherine pushing the cart and me darting to and fro, reaching between slack-jawed folks so mesmerized by the choices and price tags that they could only stand and stare.

By the time we reached the cereal aisle, however, I had to park her at the end, amid the crowds rushing the meat counter and elbowing their way to other corners of the store.

“Cover me; I’m going in,” I asked her, only half-kidding as I ducked past the applesauce and granola bars.

By the time I returned, holding a box of Cheerios aloft like some hard-won trophy, she was begging to switch things up.

“Can you please push the cart?” she asked. “I don’t know how to play shopping cart chicken.”

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Games Grown-ups Play

  1. You are a brave brave woman entering a grocery store on Saturday. I do Pea Pod because like Catherine am unwilling to play the Shopping-Cart-Chicken game. 😀
    Kathy

    Posted by Kathy Brotherton | January 14, 2015, 4:37 pm

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