Monday just gone, my Big Sis, her BFF and myself bundled up, sharpened our elbows, got our scary faces on and decided to go and shop up in the big city [Norwich]. We have done this for a few years, a starter to get into some festive spirit, have a little jollity, go somewhere lovely for eats and get some shopping done as well and every year we get jostled, I get clumped by back packs and people try and walk in front of me and some shops are so crammed it is neigh impossible – we had a plan …… it came in the shape of a dogs squeaky toy shaped like a cracker … I would ‘squeak’ my presence … we thought it would be a laugh [sometimes you can get away with strange and crazy things when in a wheelchair].
We had a second idea … one of the malls does cheaper fixed priced parking after 3pm, most of the shops are open until 7 or 8pm so why trudge and fudge first thing, get there at 3 and have a lovely dinner, then pootle home after the rush hours. This is what we did.
We were astounded! The Mall was busy but not crushingly, the shops had a few mingling browsers but getting to goods was no problem, the streets were three quarters deserted. I hardly had to squeak!! Even the dreaded Primark was less like a village jumble sale and more like a calm department store. The Card Factory as a store is always tight to get the chair around but even that [okay it was 7.30 by then, but still] was manageable. PLUS we got to see all the lovely twinkly festive lights and street decorations in their bright glory. We sang along to carols, to festive tunes and adverts, we giged and danced within the aisles, we laughed together.
You will never guess what else happened – we found what we were looking for, had time to mathematicise the offers and purchased our goods.
Festive shopping – put an extra pair of socks on, and go at 3pm, makes it a pleasure rather than a chore.
All that is left now is to wrap them ….. I am really going to get started, right now. after checking this, yes I am …. I have to, my Big Sis has ordered me to, she pointed her index finger at me [thats me in the clag up to my arm pits] ….. right then, tape, ruler, elastic bands, pen, scissors both sizes, paper, bags, tags, I am armed and ready.