Love at the Grocery

If there is one place in the world Edric doesn’t like to go to it would probably be the grocery. But I gave him puppy-dog eyes when I was about to leave the house with four children in tow, and he compassionately said, “Would it make it easier if I was with you?” I immediately said, “Yes!”

I know he was sacrificing 2 hours of peace and quiet that he could’ve had all to himself. In fact, he was looking forward to getting some computer work done. But his gallantry couldn’t help it. He is a rescuer by heart, especially towards me.

When we got to S and R, Edric dropped us off and parked. And then he came in to push the cart while I went up and down the aisles like it was some romantic date (with the kids). We haven’t had a date night in a while because of the no-househelp situation.

He remarked, “You’re loving this, aren’t you?!” My happiness was obvious.

Because I know he hates the grocery so much, it meant that much more that he came with me to watch the kids. The last time I was at the grocery with the kids, Tiana fell asleep in the cart and the boys got restless.

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When you don’t have help, you find ways to survive. The kids and I managed to finish grocery shopping but it was a little bit stressful!

 

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I had to grab something to rest her head on. Poor thing!

This time around, with their dad in full control, everyone was behaved and cooperative. He entertained them and kept them preoccupied.

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Is it possible to fall in love with your husband while he is pushing a grocery cart? Well, I did! I kept looking back to check him out.

When people make excuses in their marriage and say things like, “I can’t do that for (him or her), it’s not my personality,” I don’t think we realize how much it means to our spouse to sacrifice personal comfort, make personality-changes, or serve one another when it’s inconvenient. Sometimes, it’s the small gestures that are the most impressive.

In the car, I asked Edric, “Why did you decide to come with me?”

“Because I want to take care of you. I love you.” I guess I knew that already but I liked hearing it again. And being the hormonal person that I have been due to pregnancy, I got all teary-eyed.

Comments

  1. Hi Joy, you are an inspiration to me right now. I’ve been cranky crabby and cruel lately because of no house help and with 3 kids tagging along with me in almost everything. Thank you for sharing your story :).

    • Joy T Mendoza says:

      I totally understand! I got cranky too. For the most part it was washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen that was maddening! 🙂

  2. Joy, you’re so cute talaga when you write. Si Tiana, oh she is so pretty like u with those rosy cheeks and red lips….She reminds me of my two year old daughter..
    Keep on writing. You don’t know how many are blessed by your stories..

  3. Hi Joy! 🙂 I can relate to this story because even if we have a yaya-cum-helper, I choose to go grocery shopping with the kids alone. I did this until I was ordered to be on bedrest. There was one instance though when I regretted doing so, because Rysse also fell asleep in the cart! Ha, ha! Oh, and another time, too — when Tim wanted to go to the bathroom and we were already waiting in line at the check-out counter — the line was SUPER long and I didn’t know what to do! God really helped us during those times! 🙂 Praying for you and the whole family! God bless!

  4. Hi, Joy! Was blessed to bump into all of you at S&R! The kids, even if they didn’t know us, said hi right away and Titus gave the cutest little wave. 🙂

    Your family’s such a blessing!

  5. Haven’t visited in a while a this post melts my heart :’) It’s really the little things that people do intentionally 🙂 God is so good to bless your family with seasons like this one — more time to grow without extra help but all that you need in God’s grace. I haven’y had a house help in almost 2 years now and I only have Gabe! Your posts reminded me of how much God has prepared for us to serve our homes no matter what.

    Thanks for the honesty and enthusiasm in sharing, Joy!

    I’ll see you and the kids around next week for Studio GO! God bless your almost weekend 🙂

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