In the line ahead of me was a young mother. I assume she was a mother because she had a baby with her and I am guessing she had other, older children because of the items she had in her buggy (which was loaded). She was buying toys and a lot of them. She was also buying several things in two’s. Two toy guns, two dump trucks and two of several other things. My guess is that she was Christmas shopping and there were either twins or two boys close together in age involved.
Our society gets so caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, me included. We think we have to buy expensive gifts for children who don’t understand the value of the gifts their getting..
I have three grandsons and the oldest of them is only twenty-eight months. I am crazy about those boys and love being their Papa. I’ve got a feeling that as they grow older I’ll be spending a lot of money on stuff for them that they will not appreciate the value of. I want to buy them things. I want to spoil them. Isn’t that what grandparents are supposed to do? I’m sure right now I could give the two youngest empty boxes for Christmas and it would suffice. But as they get older….
Back to the young mom in the Dollar Store: Her buggy was loaded down. One by one she placed those toys on the counter and one by one the clerk scanned them. Finally he scanned the last item and gave the young mom the dreaded total that she would have to pay. $45.46 was her total. I couldn’t help but grin as it dawned on me that this young mom knew the secret of a happy commercial Christmas. That may have been her complete shopping list for the kiddos in her life and she did it for $45.46. The kids will be happy and she will not be stressed because she didn’t spend too much money trying to keep up with society.
Maybe we could all learn something from that young mom. Maybe.