I’m not promoting pointless consumption of stuff here, honestly. It’s my disabled daughter you see, she’s getting more demanding. She’s no longer content with quiet evenings involving videos and chatting to me as I potter between the sink and the cooker and the bins and the washing and well, you get the picture.
But there is one activity that always keeps her happy, and that’s shopping. She will brighten up as soon as I start to put her coat on, then laugh in happy anticipation as I push her and her wheelchair out of the house, through the two gates and into the van.
Once we get going, she is in charge of the music, and will head dance enthusiastically to her favourite songs — or give out loudly if a tune she dislikes is played.
The excitement builds up even more when she recognises the store or shopping centre, and if it’s big, bright and busy, well that’s even better..
(And as many of you have realised, she is very good at letting everyone within earshot know exactly how she feels!)
However daily shopping trips in the early evening rush hour traffic are not exactly an efficient use of time, and can be tiring and annoying, but I have realised there are benefits for the whole family.
I have fond memories of the days when I could do one big shop for the week. When I was in charge of the menu, the food and what everyone ate. But now my three young adults eat different things at different times, and forget to tell me when stocks of their favourite foods are running low. So I need to buy food and other essentials on most days anyway: if B and I shop in the evening, I have more time during the day to get other things done that she cannot help with, or would not enjoy. It’s almost a win/win. So I think four nights of shopping this week counts as a reason to be cheerful, don’t you?
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