Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bumper Carts

Have you ever been in a situation where you do something totally embarrassing and then just laugh it off with some stranger who in turn just looks at you like you're an idiot and makes the situation even more awkward? Well that happened to me today at the grocery store.

I went shopping to pick up a few more jars of baby food for The Chubs to try. The Chubs still fits nicely in her infant car seat since she's so small so I often tote her around in it when I don't want to deal with getting her in and out of it. Especially with her sensitivity to being moved. I don't want to get her all riled up. So I set her car seat in the front of the shopping cart like I usually do and then began to peruse the store. I was floating down the baby isle and all of a sudden hit something pretty hard. It was one of those cardboard display cases that have random things in them that they are selling. I'm not a tall person so shopping cart + car seat ends up being about the same height that I am meaning I have some serious blind spots.

An old lady in the same isle just stared at me like I was a complete moron and was going to kill my child with my reckless shopping cart driving (although she probably nearly killed us in the parking lot), so I looked at her and laughed and said something stupid making fun of my driving capabilities. She continued to just stare blankly back at me with not even a hint of a smile or sympathetic comment. All of a sudden I felt completely stupid so I rushed passed her to the next isle.

I was looking for some Dreft for The Chubs since I found that using regular detergent has been giving her eczema. You would think I would've learned my lesson the first time. Nope. Right as I was looking up at the detergent I plowed into another display. At this point. I realized it was time for me to leave. I didn't even try to brush this one off or joke about it. Apparently a career in stand up comedy is not for me. I ignored the staring customers and made my way to the line and this time I made sure to look where I was going.


  1. Haha! Awkward!! I hate when that happens. I totally would've laughed at you (or with you). That old lady had no sense of humor.

    PS- Now I'm curious, how tall are you?!

  2. Ahh, your good looks, charm, wit, sense of humor and personality you "obviously" got from your mom. Your cart driving skills? hmm... dad??? ha!

  3. Oh no! I'm sorry you had two run-ins at the grocery store! I give you credit for trying to laugh off the first one. Given the reaction from the old lady, I would imagine it hard to regroup after the second one. Besides, if the store didn't want people crashing into displays every once in a while, they should put them elsewhere. :)

  4. I'm too lazy to go back and post this where it belongs...but I'm really happy for you that LEjr. is eating so well now. Can't wait to see her/you/Stephen!!!

  5. Good to know there I'm not the only one reckless with a carseat on the cart!