An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Grocery Shopping? Fun?

Yesterday my toddler was running a fever, and since I wanted him to have a quiet day, I put off my grocery shopping until after dinner. As I was getting ready to leave for the store, my middle son announced that he wanted to come, too.

"Are you sure?" I asked, knowing that this was going to be one of those mega shopping trips...I mean, we were out of the basics like ketchup and sandwich bread.

He was sure he wanted to go.

As we were walking up and down the grocery store aisles my son sighed, "I could just live here." We were standing next to the cookies. When I pointed out that life just isn't about food, he gave me this blank stare, that, with his dark hair and round glasses, makes him look just like Harry Potter.

I learned some things: it seems as if I haven't been keeping our pantry stocked with "good stuff" lately like Frosted Flakes or Pop Tarts; that fruit roll-ups 65 ft. long are the greatest thing to have for lunch; and that colored marshmallows taste better than plain, white ones.

He learned some things: While selecting fruit, I pointed out the navel oranges. When he fixed me with his blank, Harry Potter stare again, I realized that he was thinking "naval", as in the navy, and not "navel", as in belly button. Well, he thought that was just plain gross. But he did think the blood oranges were cool.

And we both agreed that Haribo gummie bears are the. best. ever. We bought a bag to eat on the drive home.

Then my son found a Dora figurine he wanted to buy for his baby brother who had spent all Sunday convinced that Dora herself was coming over to play in "just fifteen minutes" (he repeated this all day long). So we purchased Dora, and when we returned home we placed her on the front doorstep and rang the bell. The look on my toddler's face when he saw Dora...well, let's just say that our laughter could be heard several streets over.

Who knew that grocery shopping could be such fun?


Karen said...

How sweet! I cannot believe that the Dora doll was bought just for someone else. To have that fun one-on-one time is precious, isn't it?

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Now I'm dying to see what would happen if I stuck a Dora at our front door. If it ever stops raining/snowing, I might have to check that out.

Grocery shopping IS fun, with the right company. ;-)

Kellan said...

What a cute post! It's true - it's sometimes these moments when you are with your kids and don't expect it to present any sort of memorable experience, that the best times come out of! I love the Dora story - too cute!

Have a good afternoon Bia - see you later. Kellan

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Holly said...

Looking at everything through the eyes of my children is amazing. Even the grocery store. I love that he wanted to get the Dora doll for his brother! I'll bet that was a priceless picture when he opened the door!!

Maria said...

That's nice that you can have such a fun time grocery shopping with your son. I wish mine would want to go with me!

Anonymous said...

Hi Hi,
When I get the "missingyahomesicknessblues"and since I am far away from you now, I take time on my lunch break to catch up with your family and read your blog.
I could see you both in my minds eye and now I'm bluer than I was before.
Love ya ! Cheryl

Kathryn said...

I use the grocery shopping trips as one on one time too. It is a great way to stay tuned in to each child...that is really sweet that he wanted to bring home Dora for his baby brother!

Kellan said...

Hi Bia - thanks for coming by today! Hope you are having a good week - see you soon. Kellan

GrandmaK said...

I used to take all five shopping. Amazingly enough they were all so wrapped in awe of the aisles and the wares therein that it was generally an adventure for them...They were pretty good about carrying in the groceries and putting them away, too. How I MISS that part of shopping! Have a grand day! Cathy

Lisa said...

Grocery shopping with a "helper" is the best of all one-on-ones! I just love the Dora surprise! Wish you had a picture of his face! &:o) I can only imagine!