“I bring the boys here in the dead of winter when the weather is awful and they’re bored, and I come here when I want to be alone. My mother and I come here when we want to talk privately, and Bertie and I come here when we feel like seeing people. I come here when the air conditioner goes out in the summer and I buy popcorn and just walk around. Most of the times I can remember that Howard and I were actually getting along he’d ask me if I wanted to go to Wal Mart with him, and we’d look at stuff we wanted to buy and talk about it—wouldn’t it be nice to have a Cuisinart, wouldn’t it be nice to have a sixty four piece sprocket set. It’s a very romantic place, really.“
Funny how words can be so transporting as well as entertaining. They have the power to take you to a different place or make you wonder at what you have overlooked in real life. This paragraph from a book whose title I can’t remember did just that for me.
Now I have to confess I’m not much of a Walmart shopper, but when I’m in Maine there are limited shopping opportunities.When I’m looking for something specific like material for holiday napkins or embroidery thread or paper towels and toilet paper or….well, you get the picture….I go to Walmart.
Anyway, when I read these words so many images came to mind and I began wondering about people who I’d seen on my few trips to Walmart. Were they bored or looking for an opportunity to be alone? Were they escaping an uncomfortable environment or sharing a special moment with a loved one? Were they wishing for things they didn’t have? I guess I will never know, but in finding the scrap of paper where I had copied this paragraph, I had to laugh at one of my own memories.
One lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon I asked the hubby if he wanted to go on an adventure. Where to? he asked. Walmart I answered. He looked at me like I’d lost my marbles and then, I suppose to humor me, he said OK. It was a brand new store, huge, and as it turned out we did have quite an adventure just trying to find our way around and laughing at why we were there.
Was it a romantic outing? Maybe. Had we just become Walmart shoppers? No, because we’ve not been back but the afternoon gave us a shared memory that we can chuckle about.
Life, isn’t is just full of the funniest things?
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