It’s Monday and I’m off today … so here are 5 Randoms from my week. Ready? Let’s go.
1 Took a road trip with Hubbs over the weekend – we had a family wedding to attend so we left Friday, got stuck in traffic, and chatted all the way to our destination – Frankenmuth, MI — a Bavarian town with cute shops, yummy foods, and the world’s largest Christmas store. Yes Hubbs went in. Neither of us lasted long and we didn’t buy anything. But he went in and experienced it and I love him all the more for that.
2 We spent a bit more to stay downtown so we could walk to everything. And it was a good thing we did, because the “all you can eat” Chicken dinner nearly put us down. Might have been the German beer, but it could have been the four salads, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, dressing, gravy and veggies. Pretty sure there was an army of Grandmas back in that kitchen!
3 Saturday morning, I took a brisk walk and enjoyed all of the “in & out” shoppes — even though I’d been to the big Christmas store, THIS is what got me in the spirit. I don’t particularly enjoy malls and this is why — I remember the stores of my small town, and the window displays of Christmases past. Peeking in, hearing a bell jingle as I entered, made me feel just like this little girl right here:
4 On one of my stops, I ventured into a store that I’d been in before. See I bought a little keepsake here for Mom years ago and she had it hanging in her bedroom at the farm. She really can’t take personal things with her to the home, there are several who “wander” and things will turn up missing. This little item is the one thing I’ve asked for specifically and sissy has it put aside for me. There’s no commercial value, but I loved it then and I love it now and when it comes back to me, it’s going in my bedroom, too.
5 We enjoyed the wedding and the visit with family but not the kids who were allowed to run laps at the reception. At one point, I asked them to stop. They smiled and promptly continued. Hubbs and I were both “community raised” and if our parents hadn’t seen it, an auntie or neighbor surely would have. And none of them would have held back from correcting us AND telling our parents. Anticipating the answer, I asked what would’ve happened to him had he dared behave like that. His response matched mine: “I’d have received an invitation to my own funeral.” Where were the parents? On their phones instead of on their kids. ~sigh.
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How was your week? Taken any road trips lately? When’s the last time you felt like a kid? What happened to make you feel that way? Do you prefer “in & out” shops or shopping malls? When parents let their kids run wild, what is your response?