Monsey groceries ready to serve you. Of course, I don’t try going to any grocery Erev Yom Tov or Shabbos with a double carriage. I’m not totally nuts! Motzei yom tov is another story; the kids are home, the house is empty, and for some reason, despite all the shopping and cooking there is “nothing to eat!” There’s often no choice but to brave the mob and do a quick catch-up shop. My kids have learned to “help shop.” They unpack food onto the conveyor belt and offer (unsolicited) advice about what to buy. Just today my daughter told me she wants rugelach, which of course my inner child wanted too. Interestingly enough, two minutes later I heard another boy asking his mother for rugelach too. Sometimes I question my sanity. After a full day, what am I doing schlepping my little ones and an exhausted mom to the grocery? But the educator in me kicks in and reminds me that my kids need fresh air (as do I). And what about the exposure they get to healthy eating in the fruit and vegetable aisle? And the planning and early literacy they learn from following a list? And the benefits to their speech and language as I explain which milk and yogurt we are buying and where it comes from? And then, of course, if I really want a luxurious break, I can go grocery shopping sans kids, and call it a mini vacation. I can check out all the fascinating new snacks, drinks and foods, and drool over the tempting bakery selection. I can choose from the vitamins and health food to keep me healthy, or indulge in a heavenly snack. That is, if I find a babysitter… but that’s a subject for a different article. So there we are, off to the grocery again… Meet you there!
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