Yeah, I ran into Target today, first thing in the morning to pick-up all those last minute odds and ends (teacher's gifts/wrapping paper/batteries/whatever) and I must say that the place was packed at 9 a.m. I also went against my better judgment (and pre-set holiday shopping rules) and took a minor with me shopping. It was a bit hellacious, but Jared also kept me on my toes.
Twice I absent-mindedly walked away with the wrong shopping cart, and Jared notified me, "Ah mom, that's not our cart." Another time, I could hear him calling to me from several aisles away. I kept calling his name until we located each other, at which point he calmly said, "Ah mom, did you know Aunt G is here?"
I turned around to see my sister (with her own three-year-old minor in tow) hastening down the crowded Target toy aisles.
We eventually caught up and stopped to share a pre-xmas pretzel/soda break with the kiddies. And then it was off, to pick-up the xmas photos at at Eckerd for the now, very late, holiday cards.
Once home, Jared helped me wrap the gifts and then placed the packages under the tree. I know I complain a lot, but Jared has actually been really sweet about Christmas this year, helping me wrap gifts, write tags, and bring gifts to the post office. He is pretty darn excited about Christmas and Santa and he even has a little calendar in which he countdowns how many days are left until Christmas. He also has 59 items on his Christmas list, so that might explain for the excitement. I just hope he isn't too disappointed when he doesn't get all the rocket launchers/ninja turtles/space vehicles/wiggles crap that he asked for.
I do make this final promise. I will not be shopping at Target anytime soon. This is hopefully the last day I drag myself out for major shopping. And I can at least happily report that I avoided each and every mall in NJ for yet another successful mall-free holiday season.