I've been non-stop shopping with my mother to set up her new townhouse. Paint, tile, furniture, etc. For the most part, it's been exciting, but also a bit stressful.
I'm not a shopper. I don't like to go to the mall just for the sake of looking. I go with purpose. I do like to compare and I want to make sure I've exhausted all of my options, but running from store to store is not really my shopping style. The getting in and out of the car - especially is the murderous Tucson heat - makes me want to drive right into a lake. If we had anything that passed for a real lake in Tucson.
And shopping with my mother is like being out for the day with a snail.
This month my mother has been suffering from an extremely debilitating rheumatoid arthritis flare. Her hands are killing her. Her body is aching. Her feet smart with each step. On a pain level of 1 through 10, she says she's at a 15. That's excruciating. A 5 would keep me in bed for the day. I'm a total pussy.
Yet she still finds the energy to shop. She's kind of a trooper that way. Pushes through pain, gets the job done. Me? I'd be shopping online.
I don't mind driving her from place to place, but today we went to Floor & Decor, a giant flooring showroom. When I saw the wheelchair inside the main entrance to the store, I pointed it out to my mother. She refused.
I talked her into it.
We whipped around the aisles with ease. Our visit took half the time it would have had I been shuffling around behind her. I was able to walk faster and she was able to relax, not hurt, and see everything in comfort. Win-win.
And she loved every minute of it.
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