When it was time to stop at Trader Joe’s this week, Pumpkin Pie and Sweet Pea happened to be with me. Luckily, it is easy to get out of there in under 20 minutes doing a big shop, and I only had a few things to get so I hoped the chaos wouldn’t have time to build momentum. Sweet Pea wanted to push the cart (not a great idea since the store was a little crowded and have you ever seen this kid with an umbrella?!) and Pumpkin Pie wanted to ride in the cart. I heaved Pumpkin Pie in to the biggest part of the cart (he doesn’t fit in the seat area because he is, you know, FIVE). At this point, Sweet Pea was complaining that he had to do all the work while Pumpkin Pie got to ride and then I just took the cart from him and carried on.
We got a few things for vacation, a couple of impulse buys (ice cream) and the few things that were actually on my list. Then we headed to the sample bar for chocolate covered super berries and lemon pie.
When it was time to check out, we got a short and quick line (miracle) and were bagged up in no time flat. It all happened so fast that Pumpkin Pie was still in the basket.
Trader Joe’s Crew Member: Can I put the bag here? I don’t want to squash you!
Pumpkin Pie: Bark!
Trader Joe’s Crew Member: Okay, maybe not…
Sweet Pea: I’ll do it.
Trader Joe’s Crew Member: I just didn’t want to smoosh him too badly.
Sweet Pea proceeded rapidly to pile grocery bags next to and on top of Pumpkin Pie.
Sweet Pea (to surprised and impressed TJ’s Crew Member): I don’t have a conscience like that.