I bet you never thought you'd see Walmart and holiness in the same sentence. I like to keep people on their toes, I guess:-) So, really, what does Walmart have to do with holiness?
I doubt I would have a difficult time getting most people to agree with me when I say, no trip to Walmart is ever a quick trip. It doesn't matter when you go or what you need, in my experience it's never brief. Tonight was no exception. It's not the parking (at least most of the time), or the shopping, or the size of the store. Nope, none of those things are what makes a trip to Walmart seem like you are shaving minutes off of your life. So what is it?
It's the check-out line.
How frustrating is it when you spend any given amount of time in a store gathering up items both on your list and off your list, and just as you think you're about out the door you turn the corner to the row of cash registers and only two of the twenty registers are open with nearly ten people in each line? I mean, really, how frustrating?!
So you stand in line and wait.
Tonight was no different. I didn't want to go - I never want to go to Walmart - but I hadn't yet been able to find an item on a Christmas list and figured it'd probably be best for me to give Walmart a try, considering it really is just down the street from where I live and I was on my drive home.
It was 10:30 at night as I began to slip into denial mode, telling myself Walmart couldn't be that bad at 10:30 on a random Wednesday night - could it? So I gave myself a little pep-talk (in my head, of course). You can do it. It will be brief. You just need to check for this one thing. Well, maybe a couple other items while you're there, but that's it. It'll be quick.
And I really needed it to be a quick trip because I hadn't been home since 8:30AM, I hadn't had dinner yet, and I was exhausted.
So...I bit the bullet, whipped my car into the left turn lane, and raced into the most horribly designed parking lot you've ever seen...honestly, it is. Luckily I was able to snag a parking spot near the door as someone else pulled away. Yay! I don't like to walk from the back of a parking lot by myself so late at night so I was happy to find a spot close to the building.
My shopping endeavor was quick. As I walked near the front of the store, I held my breath, waiting to see what the check-out lines would look like. As usual, only two lanes open, but I was relieved to see the lines were short. In fact, there were only two people in line in front of me. Success, I thought quietly to myself.
Very long lines in Walmart
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