I, myself lost my mind years ago and thought it would be a fun way to spend a morning and I would be able to purchase some gifts for an upcoming event.
I was wrong.
It was Hell.
One child brought some $$ from his piggy bank so he could buy a John Deere truck and tractor. One boy did not bring $$ but thought he deserved a $39.99 toy anyways. Just because.
I would like a new desk, fancy chair, curtains, a new wardrobe and to lose 30lbs but do not throw tantrums on the floor of Toys R Us because I cant have them.
My 5 year old does.
And he also tells me he hates me approximately 7632 times.
And that I am the "baddest mom in the whole world".
When that doesn't work he then heads across the store and pretends he doesn't hear me as I call his name.
When I grab his hand he flops to the floor acting like I just punched him in the tummy.
Even though I thought about it, I did not and would never do such a thing.
Have I mentioned that at this point we had only been in the mall for 7 minutes?
Yeah, so, ummm......it was an eventful trip to say the least.
People stared. People gave me the look of "You poor thing" and "You are an idiot for bringing those monsters out in public". But I walked on with a 5 year old whining and crying 10 feet behind me. A 7 year old calling his brother a "suck" and pointing out how well behaved he was being. And a 1 year old saying "Hi" to the strangers staring at us.
I bought what I needed to buy pretending I was not wishing for aliens to land and take me away forever and smiled as if I was having a "peachy" day.
My only hope was that these people staring once had monsters of their own and knew exactly how I was feeling.
One day I am sure I will remember this event and laugh about it.
And when I see moms dragging their children behind them I will smile and let them know that they are handling the situation wonderfully....or I will pass them $20 to go to the liquor store.