What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The audacity of grocery clerks today...

Extravagent photos are at a nil right now, so I post only a few of the most recent life-consuming game.

It's funny how things go in spurts, and how when the spurt is 'on' the child thinks of nothing else. So it goes with 'store'.

They have an amazing wooden little cupboard I got at a yardsale for $3.00 and fixed it up a bit, stocked full of empty spice containers and taped-back-together boxes of jello and pudding. They have a chinzy, flimsy kitchen that houses a mix-match of plastic and metal pans. They have two small metal 'shopping baskets' I found at a bargain outlet. Three years ago, Corynn got a mini shopping cart.

But at Christmastime, Corynn and Andrew were gifted a CASH REGISTER (with a beeping scanner, no less) and piles upon piles of food. It tastes plastic-y and is so BRIGHT it is scary-but it makes for a GREAT grocery store!

That's all the seem to want to play these days, and they get VERY into it...

Even the Panda does a fantastic job scanning every last thing you hand him. The moment he beeps it, he hands it to you and says BYE. Wouldn't it be great if that happened in real life? No money exchange, no problem!

Thanks for the free donut, pal.

Corynn takes her job a bit more seriously. She demands money and her prices are steep, let me tell you. "You owe me Forty-twenty." or "Seventy-five-ten". For a box of COCOA?!? Yikes. Remind me to stop going THERE.

Although-when shopping, I do look for stores with friendly service-and hers beats all...by a LONG shot. You hand her an item and she goes into some long saga about it. "Oh-I see you have seeds here, Ma'am. They sure make pretty flowers. I grew some at home with my twenty-three children. They liked to pick them for me and bring me little bouquets of them. Soon, I had the flowers all over the house!"

Hm. Sounds sorta like MY family.

On second thought:

I gave her a gallon of milk and she refused to sell it to me. She said it was only to be GIVEN away-to the poor. And since I had money, I wasn't poor. We had just finished reading THIS book.

Oh...and then there was the time she refused to let me buy my pineapple because she said they were peas. I told her that it was pineapple, and that I wanted it. She wouldn't give it to me until I admitted they were peas. Such a stubborn girl. Of course, I refused to give in and walked out of the store with my nose held high and my pineapple integrity intact.

But there is one good thing about Corynn's supermarket. The busboy who helped me carry my groceries out to the car SURE was a cutie!


Carrie J said...

So cute! I miss having little people around. Their imaginations are so much fun. My youngest used to have an imaginary friend Cecil that he could only talk to over his banana "phone". Never did figure where that one came from.

Tracy said...

Sadly, I no longer have children of the age that LOVE to play grocery store. It's such a fun time. What? You don't let them use the contents of your cupboards? Oh, the shame!

This post brought a smile to my face, and a laugh to my lips!

Terri said...

How cute! I miss having little people around who sell me things. Now I have a 16, 15 and 8 year old who are trying to get me to buy things for them - LOL!


Autumn said...

I read your blog all the time, but have never commented. This post was too cute to pass up!
I loved playing grocery store! lol, I think it is so sweet how Corynn talks when she is the cashier! =)

the mother of this lot said...

I made an official complaint about my youngest daughter's shop. It didn't matter if you bought one item or twenty - the price was always 'forty pounds'. I had to stop going - I couldn't afford it!

Mrs. Bonnie said...

Audrey also loves playing store, but more than scanning items, she likes to take the "credit cards" from the offers we get in the mail and swipe them through any thing they will swipe through.
Come to think of it, she's never asked me to play store (and I would- that was one of my favorite things to do as a child), and seems perfectly happy to ring up and pay for her own purchases. I think I'll go dig out her hand-me-down shopping cart and let her have some real fun.

Elizabeth said...

One more reason I wish we lived closer-Samuel loves his kitchen set, and would so love to play with Corynn and Andrew!!!

Andie said...

Can I come shopping there??? We lost Bethany at the grocery store last night (luckily we were here in our small town grocery, not a big Wal-Mart)...I'd feel much safer loosing her at Corynn's store than any other place!


Carmichael Family said...

That is so adorable! What great play food and grocery store 'equipment'! I loved playing grocery store as a child, but we never had fancy stuff like that! And while I can see that that green thing is shaped like a pineapple, I don't think I have ever since one that color, or texture, for that matter... ;)

Christine said...

How fun! Your imagination is amazing.

Mom2fur said...

Awww, don't begrudge the kid her "seventy five ten." After all, she needs that money to feed her 23 children!