I have a confession to make. I was a little grumpy yesterday.
(I say a little, Riley says a lot. Tomato, tomahto.)
When I came to the realization that this was my fault and not Riley's, the boat's, the weather's, or the rest of the world's, I asked myself the following questions:
1. Have you eaten?
- Nope. Never had breakfast.
2. Have you showered?
- Nope. Actually, not since... well, never mind.
3. Are you tired?
- Nope. Really haven't done all that much lately with all this rain.
4. Have you gotten any fresh air in say, the last two days?
- Again, no.
5. Do you need to go shopping?
- Yes! Silly question.
What I learned from this brief self assessment, was that sometimes my happiness really just boils down to the
five S's: sustenance, shower, sleep, sunshine, shopping.
Not so hard, right? So, I took a deep breath, said a prayer, got some food and scrubbed until I was squeaky clean. And then...
And then, Target, the one stop shopping mecca for anyone on a budget, came through for me on #5. One of the things I had really been "needing" for our upcoming travels was a pair of new shoes. I'm not too picky really... they just had to be black, closed toe, slip on, not leather, rubber soled, semi stylish (loafer/smoking slipper maybe?), comfortable and cheap. You know, something to take me effortlessly from boat to shore.
I've done this before. I like to design the perfect shoe, bag, dress, etc. in my mind and then complain that no one else has designed this exact item and actually created it. So, you can imagine my surprise when I walked into Target yesterday to find a glorious pair of black, suede-ish loafers. With tassels! And rubber soles! White rubber soles (won't scuff the boat)! Slip ons! Cushiony insoles! My size! $20!
How did they know?
With that simple offering, a single pair of shoes, straight from my own imagination and onto their store shelves, Target managed to save the day, my feet, my marriage, and probably my life, too.
Next time, maybe I'll remember the 5 S's a little sooner.