Yet all the malls and stores are open today, so I went out to get my girls some school supplies at Target. It was crowded. I fought with a woman over the last Hello Kittie backpack. My girl Agnes still likes Hello Kitty stuff, even though she's 10 this year. I asked her if she didn't think it was about time she got into Brittney Spears stuff or something, but her sister Celine said Brittney is so over. As a single dad, what the heck do I know?
Then I stopped at the liquor store for some wine and vodka - I'm having a few friends over tonight. (I hope they show up - otherwise I'll have to drink all that stuff by myself tonight.) I continued on my big, family-holiday adventure and stopped at Walgreen's for cigarettes and my prescription inhaler; I then moved along to the grocery store. (While driving around, I noticed that even the Volvo salesroom was open, as were the garden centers and little gift shops around town. Even the local bank was open. And I am not making that up!)
In the checkout line at Kowalski's, I noticed a woman behind me with flowers and I said, "Why don't you go ahead of me if that's all you have." She was so grateful and said, "Thanks, I have to get to the cemetery." Then she proudly added, "That's what this holiday is all about you know!" (I am not making that up either!)
On my way home I made a visit to my parish Church and sat outside to pray a couple decades of the rosary - I sat outside because it is locked up for the big family holiday. (I thought, that's okay, everything else is closed too!)