I went to Costco with my mom for the first time in a long time, and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when the guy at the exit did not draw a happy face on our receipt. Going to Costco used to be super fun. Pushing around the cart was fun, getting to ride in the extremely spacious cart was fun, getting my fill of lunch by attending all the sampling tables was fun, and getting a happy face on our receipt was the highlight. But then I got wise to food and now there are very few things at Costco that I can imagine ingesting. Not to mention, I hate crowds like this. I hate it for the same reasons I hate Christmas shopping. Well, there's more than one reason I'm not a fan of Christmas shopping, but the crowded malls is one of them.
I think it made my mom really happy when I asked if I could go to Costco with her this weekend. I needed to buy binders in bulk to organize myself better for Bar prep. However, they did not have the size I was looking for. They had 1/2½” binders, 2” binders, and 3” binders, but no 1” binders…what the hay haw turtle butt. Even so, it was an enjoyable mother-daughter venture. We picked up the things she needed, and I just smiled and nodded as she directed me on how to pick out EVERYTHING.
My mom is one of those moms who likes to criticize and direct everything. Even now as I’m typing this, she is instructing me on how to tear apart the packages of chicken breast. If it’s not done her way, then you’re doing it wrong. Needless to say, we clash a lot. I’ve learned though, if you just let her talk then all is dandy. So, on this Costco trip, I just let her gab away. I figured I owe her that much for being the incredibly big-hearted woman that she is, and for not spending enough quality time with her.
As we get older, I think it’s important to do little things like this with our moms, and make them feel needed and appreciated. We’re always told that it doesn’t matter what other people think of us…but sometimes it really does. Sometimes people need to know their value, and it doesn’t take much. It takes as little as going to Costco with your mom and letting her tell you how to pick fruits and vegetables and what not.
I did get to weigh in on health supplements, and kept her from buying bread with too much sugar and starch and other junk. We even skipped the frozen foods aisles!
I could tell this little trip made her happy, and it made me happy too.
Hug your mom, or give her a ring if she’s not near you—it’ll put a big smile on both your faces.
BIG LOVE & HUGS