One of the saving graces of having teenage children who drive is the ability to send them on annoying errands.
I seriously dislike the "it's going to snow let's make a run for bread" shopping trips. I'm not a great shopper on a sunshine filled day. So add in the stress of possibly being stuck with a house full of men, living off the meager provisions I've been able to scrape together and I fold under the pressure.
Earlier this week we decided to see what the boys would select if sent to the store with a wad of cash and a directive to "save yourselves" and "buy up boys!"
The Marble men headed out to their favorite shopping sites – Family Market and Dollar General. An hour later they came home confident they had saved their family from any dire nourishment predicament. In their shopping bags we found barbecue chips, fruit punch, spicy pepper chips, cola, baked chips, more fruit punch, microwave popcorn, additional microwave popcorn and a back-up box of microwave popcorn.
Fortunately Elmer had some impact on them over the years and they did make a quick pass, grabbing lunch meat and the obligatory loaf of bread.
Not surprisingly most of their provisions were consumed before the first snowflake fell Monday evening. We sent them out early Tuesday, snow shovels in hand prepared to work for their dinner. Living in the Western/Indian Hills area has its definite advantages, one of which is the neighbors often pay for assistance with seasonal duties, such as clearing driveways, with fresh baked treats.
Their latest "snow day" afternoon was spent sleeping off the morning's exertion with full bellies of popcorn and raisin oatmeal cookies. Some days it's easy to recognize that life is good.
Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.