Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

black friday shopping can be great!

Black Friday — you either embrace it or you stay far away from it.  We embrace it!

Since we left the house at 11:30 p.m. can it really be called Black Friday?  For the record, I am not a fan of starting on Thursday evening.  Although I am sure that the stores loved it.  There were way more people than any other year that  I have gone.  More people equals more profit.

This year we had hats!  It made it easier to locate which aisle one of us was in and it made people smile.  Making people smile is hugely important when you are surrounded by strangers who might just be a bit cranky.

Black Friday — rule 1 — wear hats!!

    We began our journey at Target.  It was by far the longest line ever.   It was dark but it wasn’t cold. The way to not get  irritated in  line is to look for ways to make it fun.  We laughed and chatted with those around us.  We weren’t interested in the big screen tv’s — good thing because before we even got into the store, people were already coming out the door with them.

Black Friday — rule 2 –it is about the experience not about the items

Expect the unexpected — is a good rule of thumb for Black Friday shopping.  This year was no different.  There was a malfunction with the check out lane in electronics at Target.  Coffee and pumpkin muffins were handed out for us to enjoy while we waited again.  You can either get frustrated or you can relax.  No one likes to wait.  At least no one that I know.  However, it is what it is.

Black Friday – rule # 3 — there will be lines – expect it and make the most of it

It was during that wait that we decided that my sister didn’t know the rule about ‘stranger danger.’  We did learn more than any of us really wanted to know about the person in front of us, but there was lots of laughter!

We did not experience any rudeness.  For that I am quite grateful.

We went from Target to Kohl’s.  Now Kohl’s sets a new record for the longest amount of time waiting in line to check out– 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Wowzer!!

It was at Kohl’s that I got my hug from a stranger.  Guess I didn’t get the memo either about ‘stranger danger.’

Black Friday – rule #4 – it is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

From Kohl’s we went to JC Penny’s.

Then it was on to breakfast.  All that shopping (or should I say waiting in line) makes a person hungry and very thirsty.

Last we ended up at WalMart.  By this time my niece  was exhausted and really didn’t even want to continue.   She is  now labeled as the “I can’t handle it” girl.

Oh and I mustn’t forget the rings.  Last year it was matching socks and bracelets.  This year it was matching rings and hats!  Another year of fun and laughter — Black Friday shopping — we love it!!

Black Friday – rule #5 —  Keep it fun –smile and laugh

Final thoughts on Black Friday shopping — reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 would be a great thing to do before heading out.

til next time

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