A blog post by my blogger friend Shirley made me question her sanity. She is planning a shopping trip on a Saturday. Not just any Saturday but one right before school starts. Madness, I say.
While working, and having only the weekend to do my shopping, I always wondered why older people were out shopping on those days. They had all week to shop, why torture oneself with a weekend trip to the store? I would also get annoyed with old people in the grocery store on Saturdays who moved too slowly for my frantic pace through the aisles. I just wanted to get my groceries and get home. It was not a social outing for me, but rather another chore in a long list of things that had to be done on my two days off.
My husband often pointed out to me that it was a social event for the elderly, to shop among all the crowds. I didn’t see it then, nor do I see it now when I’m on the elderly side and still not wanting to get my socialization from shopping.
I try to do all my shopping during the week, specifically on Tuesdays. That is the quietest day of the week in the retail world. Early in the morning, too. It’s cooler here at that time. When I can’t make it on a Tuesday, like yesterday, I still get out early in the morning and am home before noon. I find that the streets in Fresno get really busy around 10:30 and traffic just increases from there on.
Heavy traffic wouldn’t bother me so much if everyone was relaxed and drove the speed limits and paid attention to pedestrians, but we seem to have more and more crazed individuals behind the wheel. It takes all of my attention to the roads and sidewalks to make it across town. One of the roads that I travel to my chaplaincy school has all these people who cross wherever and whenever they like. Small children, shopping cart homeless, and animals. Bicycles that dart out of nowhere and expect you to stop on a dime for them.
If you see shopping as a social event, then the weekends are probably the best, but if you are like me and see shopping as a chore, then Tuesday looks pretty good.