i think i remember that i wrote a post a while back after a realization dawned on me while shopping with ruth that shopping with two kids would, to my then oh so naive mind, be impossible. physically impossible. how was i going to have a baby carrier and toddler both loaded into a cart and still have room for groceries? clearly, it was one of those unsolvable puzzles.
that was then, as they say, this is now, and also, desperate times call for desperate measures. desperate times being that we were out of milk, cheese, and forgot to get hazelnuts last time we were there which we need for our famous hazelnut linzer thumbprint cookies. ruth does pretty well walking along nearby the cart, even helping to pick the groceries off the shelf and toss them in our shopping cart. and joel does pretty well in his car seat, as long as there’s something interesting to look at, which, is kroger’s middle name, everything bright packaging, bold lettering. kro-interesting-to-look-at-ger. plus, one angle i didn’t think of back then is that there is always the front of the cart that ruth is now big enough to jump up on and hold onto in between items on our list.
we did pretty well. plenty of lights, smells, people, and things to distract joel. and ruth, except for the few times she nearly got run over by people in that famous holiday rush (merry christmas) while spinning in circles or diving at an item on a nearby shelf, did really well and even had fun. and i managed to hold my banged-up nerves together in a bundle and make it to the check out line.
see? not impossible. just unlikely. and if you don’t think i felt like a freakin’ olympic champion pushing my cart o’ groceries out the door to the parking lot, you’ve got another thing comin’.