I’ve been out of the social media/WordPress mix for a little while for a variety of reasons. I’ve been volunteering to help with a fundraiser at my daughter’s school and between that and the time I’ve been spending recovering from my sessions with my personal trainer, I haven’t had the time or energy to think about anything interesting to share with all of you.
Yesterday a package arrived for my daughter. That’s not necessarily surprising as she sometimes gets small packages from grandparents without warning. I asked my husband if he ordered anything for her, or if his mother did, and he said he wasn’t expecting anything and hadn’t ordered anything himself. What was interesting was that the package came from Walmart, and we rarely shop at Walmart.
So I opened it to see what was in the box and if there was a gift message on the packing slip.
Keep in mind this box came addressed to my ten year old daughter.
Here is a picture of the packing slip…
What a random assortment of items. Pop tarts, K-Cups, toothpaste and feminine hygiene products. Really?
I realize this must be a shipping mistake. How Bryn’s name and address ended up in the Walmart database is curious because we never order anything from them. I went to Walmart’s website and tried to track the order number so I could see who purchased the items, but because my email address didn’t match the order number the website wouldn’t let me in to see anything, which is a good thing as it protects the information of the person who actually did order these products.
Bryn thought it was funny and wanted to examine the contents of the box, and as she was looking through the box she said, “What are Pop Tarts?”
Did you hear that? Do you know what that means?
In this moment, right now, I feel like a good parent. I feel like I might have done something right.
Who knew in this moment of random, shipping mistake, box full of assorted grocery store items, that I would find validation of my parenting choices? My chest swelled a little and I smiled.
My daughter is ten years old and she doesn’t know about Pop Tarts! As crazy ass Charlie Sheen would say, “I am WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I grew up on the most processed, non-food imaginable. Nutrition in the 80’s and 90’s at my house was all about Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, Pop Tarts, Cheez-Whiz, Bagel Dogs, Twinkies, and sugar cereals. The most fruit we ever had in our house was when my mother was making a batch of her famous Sangria.
Now that I’m the parent, I don’t feed my kids that stuff. My kids have never tasted Cheez-Whiz and they have never had pasta out of a can. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m a super-freak about everything they eat. After all, pizza is their favorite food and they act like the apocalypse is looming if we run out of Eggo pancakes. But my kids eat real food, and I try to buy organic, whole food as much as possible.
But that is not the point of this post. The point, my dear friends, is that Walmart has inadvertently made me feel like I might be able, at some point, to claim that ever-elusive Mother of Year award. I am one step closer thanks to their misprinted shipping labels!
Thank you Walmart! Thank you, and please understand that I never shop in your store due to the lack of enforceable dress code and tendency to run into ‘The People Of Walmart.’ 😉