Friday, February 1, 2008

Fish Slapping?

Today is grocery shopping day and it just wears me out, not the kids because they handle a 1 1/2 hour Wallyworld trip like pros. It is just the whole list planning, getting there and going down every isle, yes every food isle sees our bright shining Friday morning faces every other Friday. If I do not do this, I will inevitably forget something, even though it is on the list.

Oh, and the list, it is like doing Algebra to me, it wears me out. There is no reason to put numbers and letters together in Algebra and there is no reason to put butter on the list next to sour cream. Well, except for the fact that I usually have to ALWAYS backtrack for something I forgot on the very first isle. One day I am going to become a grocery list expert... but not today.

The Buckaroos always make it fun and exciting. One day last year I was checking out the various kinds of rice when I heard a VERY loud little boy voice, um coming from my basket, screaming "EVIL PEOPLE, STOP LYING, STOP STEALING AND STOP SLAPPING PEOPLE WITH FISHES" (Veggie Tales Jonah, my favorite, yeah right).

My eyes are huge at this point and I looked around and there were only a few people on our isle, but I know he could be heard at least over in produce and probably over at the eye center.

This day began the Wallyworld preaching stage that Little Buckaroo went through. This happened often with sometimes the same fish message but then other times he would just preach on whatever he wanted. One of his favorite things was to yell when you first walk in Wallyworld where you get your basket because it has great acoustics and his 4-year-old little self knew that was the best place to tell the evil people to stop littering.

So, yes, I am the mom of the preaching kid on isle 7. But, in the end, I am alright with it because believe me, I have heard some things come out of kids mouths in Wallyworld that would send me right to the soap isle if they were my kids.

Oh, and by the way, I don't think you can count Little Buckaroos Wallyworld sermon as your worship for the week, it has been tried and did not cut it.

Happy Shopping,
The Park Wife


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Sandy said...

Too funny! I wonder if that's how Joel Osteen got his start?

The Thompson Family said...

I have enjoyed reading about your sweet family for the last month or so and thought it was high time to tell you so. You sound as if you just might be one of the sweetest people on the planet. We'll have to go rent Jonah, so my 4 year old can preach up and down the aisles of wallyworld around these parts.

Jenny said...

Oh my are not going to believe this...My daughter (now 7)yelled the exact same thing in the middle of a very crowed grocery store aisle when she was 2. It was right after we had seen Jonah in the theater. The looks I got from everyone around me were priceless. I was laughing too hard to be embarrassed. That is SO funny that your son said the same thing!

The Random Muse said...

That is hysterical. I also wanted to let you know that I have linked you from my blog, I hope you don't mind.

Erica said...

About the grocery list - I used to have a lot of trouble too, until I created an Excel spreadsheet. It took a little work to create, but it makes grocery shopping so easy now! I have it grouped my department and all I do is put an "X" next to the item I need, then in the next column, the number of that item. My husband created a filter for me that I tell to show only the items with an "X" next to it. I print the list and I've got a great shopping list!

It sounds very complicated, but it's not. I'd be happy to share the list with anyone that wanted to see what I've done. You can e-mail me at and I'll attach and send it to you.

Pam said...

On a separate note, that song has been going through MY head for a few days because that Veggie Tales was playing at the Christian book store the other day, so The Girl and I sat and read some books while Re looked around, and I was hearing it play. I had The Boy on my lap yesterday when I wrote, so I couldn't get into all that, but you story REALLY cracked me up!

Renee in Seattle said...

Okay, I live in Seattle, so what on earth is a Wallyworld? I purposfully shop without my children, and use that as my "alone" time (pathetic I know.)

This reminds me of a phase my daughter went through where she would take into her room any child who came in our home, shut the door, and say, "let me tell you about Jesus."

Just a Walk in the Park said...

Wallyworld is Walmart, we are inundated with them in the South. I don't have the luxury of Walmarting w/out kids but every once in a while. It is nice to go down an isle at my leisure when it does happen.

:Jayne said...

I have to agree with you on the Algebra part, why mix numbers and letters? Just isn't right I tell ya!


Julie Beth said...

Amen, Little Buckaroo, Amen.