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Morning Outing, Body Piercing & Broken Thing-A-Ma-Bobs


Seems the weather is about to change. Again. It has been nice and sunny for days. 



So I got up and went to the drive-thru pharmacy, a new CVS they just built a few blocks away, and then to Walmart. I stopped on the way to Walmart at Super Cuts. There is a girl in there who understands that when I say I want it short, I really want it short.


I walked in and there were several people seated, and one in the chair. My girl was not there, so I decided to put up with my thick hair a bit longer. It isn't usually the length that drives me crazy, but the thickness. 

The only girl in there cutting hair had to talk around the piercing in her lip like she had a bit of her lip sewn shut. How distracting. Perhaps she had very pretty eyes, but who would see them with that on her lip?


This outing is very simple. I only go down one street in a two mile span. Not even one turn. A straight shot. I don't seem to get lost if there are no turns to make.

So I drive on down the road to Walmart. Just last week I told Kay I would never go in there again. But lo and behold, there I was. The place is not a conducive atmosphere for people like me.  

What is it about Walmart that seems to bring the worst out in people? 

I had to buy clear caulk to add to my "make-shift" splash guard around the kitchen sink. Of course, no, I didn't think of it. A reader wrote me and told me to do it. 

You can get some great deals there, yes. I go around nine-ish and usually things aren't too bad by then. However it never seems to make a difference what time of day it is for screaming children. 

I guess I was one strict mother, because I would never have allowed my girls to scream in a store. We would have left the cart in the middle of the aisle and left post haste had they dared to so much as lift their voice an octave. 

And they didn't stand in line and beg for candy or gum either. One wayward look from me and they were quiet as little mice.

Alas, it is a different world. Where people pierce parts of their body they need to eat around. Just think of the bacteria! And have cell phones glued to their ears while they walk out into traffic they are scarcely aware of. 



My shopping is pretty easy. I have to go all the way to the back for my dairy products, then maybe stop on the cereal aisle. Then it's all the way to the front for freezer items and fresh produce. 

I don't think I've bought meat in well, maybe once since I've moved here. I'm picky about meat. It's the texture. Been that way since I was a child. I tend to drink smoothies (oh shoot, that's what I forgot: ground flax seed to put in the smoothies!) Or I eat boiled eggs, or salad and a sandwich. 

I don't veer off into fixing food that takes much time. First, the ankle doesn't like it. Second, I am content with sliced apples and peanut butter. Or a baked potato.

I got all my groceries, which wasn't a lot, out of the basket. There was a man in front of me who had maybe two items. But apparently he didn't speak English. He kept pointing to his receipt.

The woman who checked him out was very nice and kept trying to explain that she had charged him for kiwi, but then realized her mistake, and had taken it off his bill. She showed him two receipts. 

He didn't understand. Finally he wandered off when his cell phone rang. 

Oh, those damned cell phones!

I wonder how many cell phone fatalities a city has in a year's time? What a waste of human life.



By the time she's ringing me up, she realizes that the little machine I will eventually slide my card down isn't working. In fact it isn't even attached to whatever it's supposed to be attached to.

But she decides to give it a try, since I don't want to put everything back in the basket and move to another spot in line. I put my bank card in, and it is not accepted. 

I tell her I know that is inaccurate. And I don't want to use my one and only credit card either. So she has to take the receipt, with me trundling along behind her with my cart of groceries, and ring it up at another register. 

This one accepts my card. I am a little rattled by this point, so as I'm going toward the door, I stop at the little McDonalds in Walmart and treat myself to a small caramel iced coffee. Have you had this? I love them!


(I call these poor things casualties, since I'm clumsy and usually knock some off the stems.)

I stand there waiting, thinking about what the young woman shared with me as she checked me out. Seems she spent ten years as a Target higher-up in California. But her husband cheated on her. And she moved here. 

She seemed happy. She has two children, and is engaged to a police officer. She is going to school to become a nurse.

I swear I have so many people's stories in my head from merely going out perhaps once per week! Heaven help me if I went out everyday.

I also treated myself to a small bouquet of semi-pretty flowers: $5. You can't find cheap fresh flowers in this town. Or if you can, I haven't found them. 

I rarely treat myself. Just a few times a year. But I want pretty ones. Not ones that halfway look like the cat dragged them in.

I get home and the dogs are frantic, as they always are. You'd think I'd left them for days instead of maybe an hour. 

When I leave I have to go through a certain fixed scenario, because Abi is going to start keening and throwing a fit as soon as she realizes I am going somewhere. So I quickly get myself out the door. 

I'm sure Charlie and his wife next door look at one another and one of them says: "Well, guess Brenda is going out for a bit."

Well, little Andrew is one years old today. My sweet little man. Like any grandma, I just feel that he won't be the sort to grow up and get married and then blow up his marriage over some other woman. 

Leaving two children adrift and moving from California to, of all places, Oklahoma. Which in and of itself was probably a trauma.

His college fund is well underway. His parents are very judicious about this sort of thing. He will go to good schools. 

And if anyone dares to bully him, I might just have to leave my safe abode and place myself between the bully and my little man. 

And if the bully is loud and has a cell phone ringing, Lord help him and me.


(Abi demanded to have her photo taken, since Mom left her this morning.)
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  1. Looks like you contacted madmimi about the schedule :).

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  3. I don't think the atmosphere in Walmart is conducive to anyone being there. Your grandson is so adorable. Where in the world has the year gone to? Trader Joes has nice inexpensive flowers, although my budget doesn't usually stretch to them. xo Laura

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    1. You just have to treat yourself to fresh flowers every now and then. I sure won't be having a man send them to me. I'd rather do it for myself anyway.

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  4. Brenda, I don't have your issues and I find WalMart overwhelming most of the time!! Glad you got your items bought and home again. I am so glad you have a good relationship with your Grandson. I know what you mean about some bully having to deal with a Grandma!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Can't you just see us grannies stepping between our grandchild and a bully?

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  5. I feel your pain with Wal-Mart. Lucky where I live now we do not allow them so its not a option. They are overwhelming and exhausting. I feel that these young people that deface their bodies with piercings and tattoos are going to have severe regrets as they age. Who will hire them? Why do it. Its disrespectful to their bodies. Why is a puzzle to me. And its just plain ugly They make themselves ugly on purpose.
    As a disabled person who only goes out rarely except to the library and post office, when I have to traverse the grocery store twice a month, its equally overwhelming. The rudeness of people, the rush of people using the aisles like a raceway, ,the lack of disrespect while they yell into their phones ,the screaming kids without manners ( no we to would never get away with that behavior and never considered screaming in a store) the machines that do not work. In fact I got so sick of the machines that I starting shopping with cash. Its not so much the machines but the person in back of you that rolls their eyes and gets angry at me when it did not work, treating me with disrespect. You know the type, covered in designer this and that and impatient. Got tired of that scenario. Now I hand cash over and am done with it. However they are still rude to me that I pay with cash and that holds up the clerk as if 2 minutes makes a difference. I find myself shopping at odd hours to avoid the rush and traffic. .Its all a lot to take in and leaves me drained. I yearn for simpler times when people were patient, kind and kids had manners in stores. Remember when grocery shopping was a family event and we all had manners, behaved and took what Mom bought. We considered it a privilege to be able to buy any food as we went without a lot and could only shop once a month. it was a event to get new food and such a blessing that once a month trip. Those were times when kids had good upbringing and did not yearn for more by screaming .
    I find people are telling their stories now, they are desperately lonely or sad as we all are. I find it to fills my head with sadness . That 3 minute encounter leaves me drained with sorrow for them. Nothing I can do but send them prayers. I go out and talk to no one. Who cares about a 55+ disabled old lady. No one would listen anyway. I come from times where you did not talk about your problems to strangers but today it seems commonplace.
    I feel your pain. It affects all of us from, a better times when we were younger. Put your feet up and relax you deserve it after all that. Today I did the library and the parking lot wore me out with the tension. Time to call it a day for taking the car out and relax.

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    1. I think kids are given far too much these days. And some parents are so tired from working all day that they don't have the energy to discipline them. That and the fact that they can't get off their phones long enough to even see what their kids are doing. I know people get tired of me groaning about the cell phones. But you can't imagine what all those phones ringing and conversations going on everywhere do to a person like me.

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  6. I have a co-worker, she was stationed in Kuwait for a period of time. She told me to this day she cannot walk into a Walmart after 8am due to her anxiety. (PTSD) And I find myself in the midst of chaos everytime I go. I have seen couples get in fist fights! My job is to help the unemployed become employed. I see people come in to the office with stains on their shirts, belly showing because their shirt does not fit, tattoos are ablaze on their necks and their multiple face piercings. And these are mostly women! I have no idea how these people were raised. And of course these are the same people who want 15.00 an hour at an entry level job. That last picture cracks me up. She really is a diva in her own mind. Sweet! Happy birthday to your grandson, Andrew!

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    1. Well, I didn't know that's what you did, Laura. A job to be commended. I can't imagine how challenging it is though.

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  7. Brenda, I just love your stories. Your sidebar picture of Sweet Andrew is adorable and I can tell he's the love of your life! Happy Birthday, Andrew!!
    I CANNOT stand Wal-Mart! I go there about once a year. Target is more my speed. I, too, don't know what it is about Wal-Mart, but it brings out the worst people and I just do not like that store.

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    1. Target seems to be a bit more subdued somehow. I wouldn't go in one near a holiday though.

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  8. The reality is that every kid will have a meltdown in a store--especially since they put toys and candy in the checkout aisle. I agree if it vears into hysterics, it's time to go. But I try to allow for working moms rushing to get their stuff before child 1 gets out of preschool/kindergarten, child 2 goes to doctor, and child 3 goes to soccer. It isn't as easy to be a mom now, not at all like it was back in my day. God bless them! Exhausted and frayed, they soldier on. Now cell phones...don't get me started! Lol

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    1. Seems kids are "over scheduled" these days. School and then soccer practice and then this and then that. I once asked my older daughter if they didn't just allow the kids to sometimes just dig in the dirt? How can a child grow an imagination if everyone is thinking for them all of the time? I don't know what started this round the clock scheduling, but I imagine it wears a child out.

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  9. Hi Brenda !! We were away a bit - my father/in/law passed away and i've been catching up on blogs. You ALWAYS make me smile!! I love your writing - you even make errands seem like an adventure! PS- i think we all feel about the same way about Walmart! LOL No matter where you are in the country-- Walmart is the same - everywhere! HeeHee Have a great evening ox

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    1. I'm sorry about your father-in-law. Condolences to the family.

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  10. I don't know how many times I say "I hate Wal-Mart" in one trip. But options are few in a smaller town so I do go there to shop. It's nice that I now live 5 minutes from ours and don't really encounter any traffic-- until I get into the actual parking lot and then it's a mad house. Going earlier in the day is definitely a plus. Your little man is adorable! Happy birthday to him!

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  11. It's often a mad house even in the parking lot! I remember in Tyler, just before we moved there, a new Walmart had gone in, and a young woman (about 18) was working there. A man accosted her in the parking lot, dragged her away in the darkness, and killed her.

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  12. Happy birthday to Andrew. Yes, grammys can get pretty mad when their abies are messed with.
    I don't go to Walmart.......I hate to see parents being mean to their kids.

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    1. I rarely go to Walmart. But that one had more of what I needed than Target. And the grocery stores here are too expensive.

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  13. Don't get me started on the piercing issue. Don't like it. Never will. I feel like I am in the minority because I don't like tattoos either and I see them everywhere. Some days I feel like a dinosaur, but I'm okay with that.
    Bentley shoots me that look sometimes too :-)

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. There's no way I'd ever have gotten a tattoo. Who with any sense would want the paint you have to endure to get either a tattoo or a body piercing. I had a younger friend years ago who, once she had a child, she started getting the tattoos taken off. And it isn't cheap!

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  14. I hate going to WalMart! I feel tired and drained in no time there. I don't feel like that in Target or the grocery stores.

    And I'm with y'all about tattoos and piercings. I think they take away from a person's appearance, not add. All these young people getting covered in tattoos will be old one day, and won't that be pretty?!

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  15. Poor thing! You know what? The WalMarts up here don't seem to have as many weird folks as there were in Galveston! :) I guess it's the cold! :) Happy Birthday to your little man.
    Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)

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    1. Hm. Well, that's interesting. But I'm glad for your sake!

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  16. I haven't set foot in a Walmart in years. The last time I was there the problems started in the parking lot and things went downhill from there. I usually go to Dollar Stores K mart, Big Lots, Target, anywhere but Walmart.

    Your grandon is a cutie! May he have a very Happy Birthday!

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  17. I felt this weight as soon as I enter the parking lot. And it doesn't let up until I'm gone. I guess I should stop going there too.

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  18. I shop at WalMart but I can't say I like it. I'm with you on the body piercings (and tattoos) and cell phone yakking. Happy Birthday to your sweet little grandson!

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  19. I was one of the old-fashioned parents that did not allow her children to yell, or whistle (seriously?) in the store. When I lived in AZ for a time, my 2nd oldest was at the teenage stage that is why mothers would eat their young! You know around 16. She wanted a pair of shoes that were okay, except they were priced way over what I would pay for them. She insisted, I said no. She said she wasn't leaving without them. I said it was her decision, not mine. I went about my shopping and before going to the check-out, I went to find her. There she is, standing with her arms crossed, in front of those shoes. She asked if was getting them for her and I said the answer hadn't changed. I went on to say I was paying for the things in the cart and then would be going out to the car. If she wanted to stay there all day, she could. She would then be getting home one of two ways: walking, which was about 10 miles or she would be calling her father and he could pick her up on his way home from work. I left and went to pay for my items. I walked out of the store and there, leaning on the car with her arms crossed, was my daughter! I remind her of this day whenever her daughter, who is now 14, starts acting up. Those were the good old days!!!

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    1. Good for you! I hear lots of parents correcting their children, but the problem is, most don't follow through. Then they KNOW they have you!

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  20. I tell everyone "I am basically a good person....until I go in Walmart...and then..........I turn into a B.I.T.C.H." I swear the place is going to cause me to go straight hell. Ok..I feel better now. LOL.

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  21. I never go to Walmart. We're extremely lucky to have a local, much smaller, store that has better prices. It doesn't have the Jerry Springer crowd. The nose rings get me. I know some very attractive, successful women that have them. I find them so distracting. I keeping thinking about having a cold. Awwww children grow so fast. No tattoos or body piercing for that cute little guy! Haha. Who knows what will be in style down the road.

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    1. I just can't wrap my mind around why ANYONE would want a nose ring. And these professional women (or men), they stop looking professional as soon as they have that done.

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  22. That was a fun read Brenda! :) Felt like I tagged along. You are funny - even the "half-pretty" flower description made me smile! Haven't we all given into those out of desperation?! Happy birthday to little Andrew! ~julie

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    1. Why, I'm sure it made your day to tag along through hellish Walmart!

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  23. Hello again Brenda :) I just wanted to say I love the way you write. Reading about your day is like reading a story, only more meaningful because it is real and heartfelt. Thanks for sharing the birdie photo. Very cute. Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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    1. Well, I'm glad you enjoy my mundane life that gets wound into a story.

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  25. I have taken to going to walmart again here and there....in regards to my dog food, it's about 3 dollars cheaper than the grocery store. So for things like that it makes sense. I never minded our walmart when it was a normal size. It's the super store that takes forever to get through that I dislike :)

    Love caramel...never thought to try it with coffee..yum!

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    1. I just happened to order it one day and now I always want that caramel iced coffee. I'm far too clumsy to be driving with hot coffee.

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  26. frankly I can't stand to look at body pierces and tattoos and wonder how the people while feel as they get older and know they are stuck with this look for life - well you can take the earrings off but the tattoo take more work for sure to remove especially when they are all over your body. I have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart - like the prices - hate the masses of people in them and the fact that almost all the workers are part time. I do not like how people do not discipline their children anymore and let the children act up in public for fear of someone calling child services on them - because really that is what a lot of it is all about in my opinion - if you spank your child lightly on a padded diapered butt you are considered a horrible parent and everything we did in the 70's and before for raising our children is now considered to have been wrong - really? I think we were right!

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    1. I guess we'll see how this generation grows up and see if they're better for never having had a spanking!

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    2. You are so right when it comes to being afraid of someone calling Child Protective Services if they see you disciplining your child or your very own child calling them! I don't like the way that parents don't seem to correct their children these days and I certainly don't like how the kids and teenagers act because of it BUT I can relate to the fear of CPS being called. I raised a son - who is now 24 - with a LOT of major issues. My husband and myself had CPS called in regards to our discipline of our own child 10 different times between the time he was 8 til age 17. Our very own son even called them and screamed abuse. It was a nightmare for us and there wasn't a lot we could do about it. It is the society that we live in and I feel for parents these days raising children. Most homes have to have two incomes making both parents work each day and sometimes very long hours. Then you add all the fears that they must face for disciplining their own children, all the activities kids are involved in these day which I believe they need - well it's a lot to carry.
      As for Walmart, lived in AR for 11 years and knew many people who worked for Walmart. I not only hate them for the way that they treat and take from their employees I also happen to believe that it's just hell to shop there. I haven't shopped there for over ten years and don't ever plan to again. I do all of my shopping that I can online even my groceries. I go to a local grocery store which is still a nightmare once a week for fresh produce. And I go as early as I can in the day.

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  27. Because my building is next to a martini bar, I often see these beautiful young women with face piercings and I have thought that it distracts from their faces, but it is an art form and it means something to them that I have not exactly taken the time to find out about. I spoke with a young woman with the most charming dimples...pierced. And, one young woman in a lovely knee-length dress with both legs complete covered in blue/black tattoos. Truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    1. Heavens, why do they do this to themselves?

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  28. For sure. I was shaking my head in agreement as I read your post. Tattoos, phones, rude people, etc! Oh my!
    Sheila

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  29. This is surely not the world I grew up in.

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  30. I sometimes think that I'm one of the last people on earth, of my generation, without weird piercings (I say weird meaning something besides ears) and tattoos, besides my boyfriend and my brother. My grandfather wouldn't recognize todays world and my mother barely does.

    I hate wally world, but sometimes it's a necessary evil. Don't get me started on the screaming kids.....

    xo,
    rue

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  31. If I can I go to town once every six weeks and that is enough.....because I have to push everything home in a wheelbarrow I spend a lot of time thinking and making lists about exactly what I am going to buy....so no I'm not a Walmart fan but I do go there as some stuff is cheaper than the grocery store.

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  32. Thank you for sharing a part of your life. I enjoy reading these posts. And Walmart a world in itself. Not one I enjoy visiting!
    Have a great day!!

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