I did the funniest thing Friday! I was babysitting two little boys, Carter (4 yrs) and Gage (18 months). We went to pick Aiden up from school (which makes for one full minivan), and I didn’t have any other time to go but then, so I took all five kids to Sam’s Club to buy snacks for Aiden’s kindergarten class.
That’s right. I said I took all five kids.
Sam’s Club has those freakin’ huge carts that has seats for two kids in the front, but still looks like a regular grocery cart. I put Parker and Gage in there. Dallin went in the basket. I let Aiden and Carter walk under very strict instructions that they were to stay by the cart at all times and if they wandered off or started running and grabbing random things, they would be put in the cart, too. Dallin didn’t like being in the cart with Aiden and Carter out, and he kept begging to walk, so I agreed to try it. The boys were doing pretty great for a while. They mostly stayed right near me and there wasn’t a lot of begging for things other than what we were there for.
The funny part was from the moment I walked into the store until the moment I loaded the boys back in my van, I got the best looks from people. It was hilarious! I’ve never seen so many bugged out eyes, slack jaws, and complete astonishment on faces. Most people talked to the boys and the food sample ladies gave us tons of samples. I heard a lot of, “Wow! And they’re all boys!!” as well as , “Are they all yours????” Once I reassured them that they were not all mine, (“Only three of them,” was my reply) you could just see the relief pass over their faces. Some people wouldn’t talk to me. They quickly looked in the other direction, as if I might rub off on them and they will suddenly have a cart full of kids under the age of 5. I even heard one lady say to her companions, “Oh. My. Gosh. Did you see that??”
I thought it would make me feel like I was a sideshow circus freak, but instead I felt giddy. It was really a good time to get such a reaction out of everyone. Really, most people were extra friendly and helpful. No one was rude. It was just funny all around!