So imagine my horror when I pulled into the Target parking lot yesterday and saw an employee dragging a huge line of carts with him into the store.
Why is this horrific you ask? I know...it sounds efficient. But here's the thing, I have 2 baby car seats to get inside the store. I can no longer carry these 2 car seats at one time because the boys are so big! I think together with the car seats it's about 50 lbs. 50 lbs that is moving and kicking.
There is also a curious and enthusiastic 4 year old thrown into the mix who needs a hand to hold to safely make it through a parking lot where big suv's are looking for a spot.
My usual plan of action is to find a spot near the cart holders and grab a cart and load up the boys and walk in, pushing the cart with one hand while grasping the hand of said 4 year old. However, thanks to the above mentioned employee all the cart racks were empty yesterday. I stood outside of my van helplessly racking my brain for an idea. I could put the boys in their stroller but then I would be pushing a stroller and dragging a cart. No good.
Then I saw my plan. An older lady was walking out with her cart and her car was fairly close to mine. I decided I would ask her for her cart. I was nervous though because I didn't want to just run up to her and freak her out. She was concentrating pretty fiercely on getting her bags in her trunk. So as nonthreatening as I could I made my way to her and asked if I could take her cart.
I think she thought I was trying to earn a girl scout badge or something because she said "Oh I was just going to walk it back inside because I need to use the restroom" I again explained that I had twins in the car and needed it and she agreed to let me have it. I'm not sure if she ever understood what I meant and I was secretly hoping she would see me in Target and it would click.
It's pretty funny the systems that I depend on to be in place just so I can have a successful shopping trip!