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Shopping Sunday

Posted by Mummy Dearest on Apr-2-2006

You know, even before I start writing this, I know that I am going to f*ck it up. In the Netherlands, most stores are closed on Sundays, but once in a blue moon something is indeed open. Now, I know that women who birth babies and start plants from seed, who laud the virtues of King Arthur flour shouldn’t admit to a thing like this, but I just love WalMart, because they are always open. You live for a large amount of time in a place were stores are only open 9 to 5, half day on Saturday, well, Sundays are just one big yawn.

Now, according to The Girl, the stores in The Big City are open on the last Sunday of the month. Which was today. Shoot me, I was going for the Walton moment, wasn’t going to pick that sucker to bits. And today I took the kids to The Big City, for the Shopping Sunday. The official reason for the jaunt was that within a few weeks we are taking off for Tunisia, need some resort sort clothes. And each child had 30 euro that they could blow on whatever they chose to blow it on. Lot’s of dough, I know, but what fun is a Shopping Sunday without a bankroll ? And how often do we do things like this ?

We had a lovely day. The weather was at times very black and rainy indeed, but often the sun flooded over us. In the market they had a show going on and we saw Anouk. Not that any one here is a big fan of Anouk, but still, there she was.

The children did not bicker , for a change. We all just enjoyed the day. Sitting in the back seat of the bus ( oh, how the cherubs love watching me being tossed about in the back seat of the bus), hitting Mickey D’s ( you know, even The Girl has figured out that the best way to eat a Big Mac is upside down. I wonder why this is a true
thing),everyone getting to pick one store to go to ( but very flexible rules here).

Eh. And next weekend we are going to go to the movies, Maybe in Tilburg, for then the kids can have a train ride.

And I miss my other half like the devil already. It seems that he tried to call The Girl’s phone yesterday, but we have been elusive and hard to find the last few days.

I haven’t a clue as to how I shall make it through two weeks on my own. Liar, liar, of course we shall make the best of it.

  1. Karan Said,

    Tunisia seems to be a vacation destination for many Europeans. What do folks do there for fun?

  2. sue Said,

    Well, Karan, dry out , for one. It is warm and sunny. It is also cheaper than Europe and is supposed to have some very fine roman ruins.

    We are going for the weather, the beach and the ruins.

  3. Karan Said,

    I was wondering how you would answer my stupid question, as if a vacation always has to have a to do agenda…it’s not like Tunisia has a Disneyland. What I really wondered was what you said in your reply…is there some sort of beach community and culture to absorb….and now I know. I hope you have a grand time.

    So…have you seen emails from me lately?

  4. sue Said,

    Uh, is this a trick question ?

  5. Karan Said,


  6. sue Said,

    Well, I’m getting them from Howard and John and just about everybody else at the moment…

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