On Saturday, I get to go to the MALL!
normal people despise going to the mall this close to Christmas. I, however, simply cannot wait. In fact, I’ve spent today thinking that it was Friday – probably in anticipation of Saturday.
Why on earth would I be so excited to go to such a place on such a day? Because I haven’t been to a mall in over 15 months. Yes, it really has been that long.
We live in a little podunk town. Our nearest shopping mall is about 2 hours away. There is no way I would drive 2 hours there and 2 hours back with 5 kids to spend a few hours at the mall. So, it’s been since before we moved since I’ve been to a mall.
When we lived in the Chicago suburbs, I practically lived at Woodfield Mall. I loved that place. They had everything you could ever imagine… and now it’s even bigger than before I moved back to Ohio!
In Ohio, the malls weren’t as nice, but we lived 15 minutes away from 3 different malls. Shopping was never an issue in Ohio. Ever.
Now we’re in the mountains of Georgia. I mean *really* in the mountains. For crying out loud, I have to drive almost 45 minutes just to go to Walmart. And forget Target, Kohls, or Old Navy. You have to drive well over an hour to find one of those. I haven’t seen the inside of a Michael’s, a JoAnne Fabrics, or even a Sally Beauty Supply since before we moved.
Now, I am not one to spend a ton of money when I go shopping, but I do like having choices. Down here, there isn’t much choice. You “get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit” – as I often tell my kids.
So, Saturday, while I’m fighting the crowds, and dealing with all the people, I’ll remember this post and how excited I was to go to the mall. I just hope the excitement lasts all day and doesn’t wear off too quickly.