Sunday, September 02, 2007


Sometimes you just know someone is having a worse day than you are. And sometimes you know people have Chaos as a permanent houseguest, even when you're not acquainted with them. It just speaks for itself.

I was walking across a parking lot when something caught my ear. It was a lovely combination of sounds, and I followed the cacophony to its source.

Green minivan, about 100 feet over. I see a man and woman with a full shopping cart, and full hands. Dog barking furiously from inside the van, little girl screaming and chasing a little boy around the van. Father opens the rear hatch. Next thing Mom is chasing papers that have caught in the wind. Father is yelling at kids, and trying to transfer the goods from the shopping cart. Dog continues to bark, Father corrals kids who get into van. Sounds of continued kid-arguments from within. Mother still chasing one sheet of paper that continues to evade. He's now trying to rearrange van contents, soccer chair, cooler, large blanket. It's just awful.

Civic-minded Stupid wants to help; Compassionate Stupid knows not to, no sense making things worse.

Suddenly, food-shopping didn't seem so bad.


  1. Anonymous11:50 AM

    LOL I hear that :) Though I bet the paper would not 'run' from you.

  2. Anonymous12:15 PM

    People still take their kids food shopping? When I go, I go alone, no need to involve everyone in the family plus the dang dog!


  3. Anonymous12:15 PM

    I love your positive out look on things. HUGS, Marina

  4. ah, i do NOT miss those days!

  5. L O L!!!

    And this, Mammamia, is your life!!

  6. Funny....your "ear expression". I recently said, "Oh...I heard something out of the corner of my ear".
    Anyway, I'm curious as to why your compassionate side thought helping wouldn't be a good idea.


  7. Hi Jimmy,
    While "helping" would have been a nice gesture, I'll bet the parents would have been a bit suspicious. Sad but true ...

  8. that would be tough, but I think they could have managed so.... :)

  9. Not to be morbid, but it gives you renewed sympathy for that woman who drove her minivan into a lake with her kids in it.

  10. Oh my gosh, is that the truth! Its nice to have those little reminders now and again. :)

  11. Dogs & kids grocery shopping is just asking for trouble. LOL My alerts are not working for your blog. :(

  12. gazker4:30 PM

    Food shopping? Ya gotta do it on line!!!!!
    Gaz :-)

  13. I see that way too much lol


  14. Sounds like a virtual Sunday morning comic strip moment! I look forward to those. They always make me feel so much better!


  15. I overfed your fish, sorry. Oh and thanks for making us have to perform a trick when we leave a comment and decipher those squiggly letters just to leave a comment!


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