It was just another trip to Target, the “Mom” headquarters. As my Jeep made it’s way through the parking lot and passed the entrance to the store, I couldn’t find what I was looking for: the perfect parking space. The space near a double seated shopping cart, which would afford me enough space for my 10 month old twins, as well as my purchases. Out of luck, I pulled into a random space, whipped out my stroller, buckled my babies in, and off I went. On my list that day was a large box of diapers and a week’s worth of groceries for my family. Since I would not have space in the basket of my stroller, my list was cut in half, and I would have to figure another time to drive 20 minutes back out to get the rest of my items.
I made peace with my trip not going as planned and navigated my way through the store to retrieve the necessities. As I was trying to shove a jug of milk under my stroller and make space for orange juice, I looked up to see someone with the coveted double-seated cart. Waiting patiently for his mother who was a few feet away, was ONE child, surrounded by groceries. That’s right ONE child. I immediately felt frustrated, thinking about how I was doing my best to fit a fraction of my grocery list beneath my babies’ seats. “Whatever,” I thought, as I went about my way. Some days you lose some, right?
As I made my way to the checkout aisles, I rushed (because I’m always in a rush) by another one of those dreamy, spacious shopping carts. This time there were two children in there, but guess what? They looked to be about 10-12 years old, just using the cart for sh*ts and giggles. This angered me even more. Here I am, compromising on my list, having to make TWO shopping trips, just because two kids wanted to play in a cart? What the heck!?
Parenting can be rough. Sometimes you need that double cart just to keep your kids within arms reach. I get that. Other times though, you might just be…dare I say it…inconsiderate. Inconsiderate of people like me, who depend on things like that cart, just to shop for our families. People like me, whose only other option might be to wait until our husbands come home, because we have no friends or family around to help. I understand that they make inserts for carts, where one child can sit behind the other. I shouldn’t have to purchase one of these though. Not when the cart that I needed should have been available to me.
Time is precious to all of us. Instead of wasting my time making extra trips, I’d rather use it on something more meaningful. So, PLEASE, the next time that you guys are out shopping, keep in mind the parents with multiple little ones. Keep in mind that just as there is not enough time in your day, there is not enough time in ours either.