Going to the grocery store on a Sunday is nuts. Going to the grocery store with three kids is nuts. I took three kids dressed like this to the grocery store on a Sunday, so apparently, I’m nuts.
I don’t mind taking the kids out in costume. I have taken Brady out dressed as a policeman, fireman, dinosaur. Today he wanted to wear his suit, but since it was 90 degrees, I had to say no. Maybe we’ll save that for the first day of kindergarten.
I like that my kids like to express themselves through costume. I hope that they grow up to be confident young men who have their own style and don’t care what other people think about their clothing. Mark HATES when the kids wear costumes and he refuses to take them out in public like that. I was surprised that he didn’t protest when I took them out today, but he was probably so happy to have peace and quiet for a little while that he didn’t want to slow us down getting out the door.
Going to the grocery store in costume was much more fun for me, too. Whenever I have all three boys with me, I get a lot of looks: looks of sympathy, looks of admiration, and the older people always stop to comment on how handsome the boys are. Today, we got a lot of looks and a lot of laughs. The lady serving samples looked at me with a mix of admiration and uncertainty and told me that she only had one child and that was enough.
“Oh, it’s a lot of fun,” I told her. It’s sort of the truth. It is fun some of the time.
“Well,” she said, “It looks like a lot of work but you still have a smile on your face, so it must be fun.”
She summed it up perfectly, it is a lot of work, but I do try to smile a lot and laugh at myself, my husband and the kids. And sometimes I really do have to laugh to keep from crying, and sometimes I have this strangled laugh/cry when things are really serious and I’m on the verge of a mommy meltdown, and sometimes I just cover my ears, close my eyes, and yell “lalalalalalalala,” but mostly, I think I smile.
And today at the grocery store, I smiled a lot, and that’s pretty cool because grocery shopping is such a drag.