i did some secret shopping the other night.
at toys r us.
(wink, wink, nod, nod)
say no more.
our kids haven't asked for much,
so i just kind of wandered around the store.
looking for ideas.
(i am prone to wander, ask mm)
as i wandered i started to notice
parents with piles of stuff
in their carts.
seemingly no rhyme or reason.
gator golf and chess sets.
i refrained from telling them to forget the chess set.
they'll be sorry when they are missing a piece,
and are looking everywhere because they can't sleep
because of that lost bishop.
oh wait, that's me.
i was amazed at the jammed carts,
the craziness and crowdiness
of the store.
i was just starting to think to myself,
"is this really what christmas is all about?"
when i smelled him.
that perfect blend of
old spice and irish spring.
there in toys r us.
it took my breath away.
and from around the way
an old man came shuffling by.
in the middle of all the craziness.
the piles of stuff stacked all around.
in his cart -
in that moment,
i lost it.
in toys r us.
yes, weepy, wandering me.
i sincerely hope that whoever receives that basketball,
loves it with all of their heart.
and truly appreciates this person
who braved the crowds,
stood in line to pay,
and drove in the sleety rain,
to purchase the perfect gift.
smelling all completely wonderful.
i know i would.