We have lived in this community for over 40 years, and in this house 38 of those years. We know the neighborhood and the city pretty well. Because of that, I’ve developed habits of travel and shopping in this city. Sometimes I’ve shared my secrets, but no longer. Too many people seem to have uncovered the same secrets.
I know the backroads that are less traveled. Or so I thought until today when the backroad had a steady stream of cars on it.
I have found the easier ways in and out of parking lots and the best places to park. Today, another grandma and her granddaughters were in the same lot, pulling in from the same road as I did.
Tuesdays are the best day to shop, and the earlier the better. Fewer people. Except today. At 10 o’clock on a Tuesday morning, the traffic and crowds were converging on the same shopping center as me. Okay, I have to admit, the temperature is forecast to be 106 degrees this afternoon, and it is back-to-school time. That’s why the grandmother and her teenage granddaughters were out.
There are certain stores that I frequent because the selection and the customer service are superb. Others have discovered these, too. Or, again, it’s back-to-school time and teachers are buying supplies for their rooms. There is one store in town that has the best selection of such supplies and it was busy today. I just went in to look but ended up buying two more puppets–a fox and an anteater.
I was home by 11:30 so I really have no complaint. Travel and shopping, though a bit more crowded, went smoothly. I think of friends who have real complaints in their life:
a former student’s young son is hospitalized with cancer
a friend who took care of her dying ex-husband is now dealing with breast cancer in a new town with no close friends nearby
a young friend who is moving half way across the country has been swindled by her movers
my daughter’s friend is living out of her car and the back window has been broken out
So what if others have learned some of my “backroad” shopping secrets that will make their life a little easier? Minor detail in the big picture.