Monday, March 2, 2009

Meltdown in aisle 7...

Late this afternoon, the girls and I went to Walmart to do our weekly grocery shopping. I had a feeling it wasn't going to go well, but I really didn't have a choice.

About 4.2 seconds into our shopping trip, Catherine started melting down. I managed to distract her for several minutes, but eventually, she broke down.

She just couldn't take it anymore. Frankly, neither could I. Right there in the pillow aisle, she just let it all out. Our cart was full, and there was really no turning back. I couldn't leave, and I definitely wasn't coming back another day to finish the job.

So I did what any loving and compassionate mom would do.

I took her picture.

Then I told her I was putting it on the Internet. And sending it to Daddy at work.

Did the tears stop? Not really.

Did she calm down? Hardly.

Did Grace and I get a little chuckle out of it? Maybe.

I promised her that later I would take a happy picture, too. And I did.

Before bedtime, she told her daddy all about what happened and I actually think it made an impression on her. She was sorry for throwing a fit in the store, and she said she liked the happy picture a lot better.

Me, too!

(And yes, if you are thinking this picture looks familiar, there is a reason. You've seen this face before!)


Missy said...

Nothing better than a kid throwing a fit in the store!!!

I started making my girls their own list (but only if I will be a while in the store)
I draw things on a 2 sheets of paper like bananas, dog bones, cupcake, apples, milk, etc. and write the name beside each. Then as we pass the item or pick it up - I tell them to mark it off. Sometimes it helps and keeps their little hands busy.

The Allens said...

I love it that you took a picture! I LOVE the happy picture, though!

Jodee Leader said...

I would have done the same exact thing! Cute pictures!

Annie said...

Definitely, I would do the same thing you do.

thenorvells said...

Grocery stores are the best places for meltdowns cause a little chocolate therapy is never too far away :>).