Tuesday, January 29, 2013

wal-marts and mondays

when snow falls on a small town, suddenly you go from having very little to do to absolutely nothing. shops and schools close. people get in pajamas and stay that way all weekend, huddled in kitchens and on sofas. they have real conversations and finally watch those movies on their lists.

but we had to get out this weekend. had to feel the weight of the truck on the road. had to slip into a corner booth and listen to live music and eat sloppy barbecue. and when that was over, we played our favorite game. we call this game, "people watching at wal-mart." with milkshakes in hand and the lights off, we park a good enough distance away and make up storylines about the characters that walk in and out of that glorious, extremely well-lit mecca of retail. because at wal-mart, people are at their most ordinary, and i love that. no pretense. no makeup. no heels. just running in to grab some cereal. or a firearm. or a grill. or maybe a t-shirt.

and last night was similar. just an ordinary monday. with a walk to mom and dad's. with desert before supper. with a dark room filled with the bachelor and dallas, and a fire.

but i love these times. an entire life is built on ordinary mondays and ordinary people. moments of familiarity that slowly, over the course of months and years and decades, shape us into humans capable of feeling and reaching and loving and even dreaming.


Blondie's Journal said...

I love your last paragraph...so poignant and true. I did laugh at the copy of the article, people do take Walmart seriously. I love a bargain like everyone else but I also love that we are all just common folk at Walmart.


P.S. Great pictures. Robert has such warm friendly eyes!

jackie said...

I love the last paragraph too. Love these ordinary moments of life!

Shay said...

Just beautiful! Especially the last part! And what a fun game- maybe that will be our next date!?

Audrey said...

Aw you two are such a cute couple. Hubby's smile is sweet. Glad you're back to blogging!

Justina F. Lee said...

That article snippet is so funny! Watching people at wal-mart, it reminds me of when my best friend and I used to do that at coffee shops, but we watched the people on the street.

chambanachik said...

So fun.

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

haha ur game sounds great!! and i love the way you ended the post, so true x

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