When Dad Goes Shopping

Yesterday, I felt like I was run over by a garbage truck.
Repeatedly.
I got this wonderful illness from my husband, who has spent the last week with laryngitis and tonsilitis, drinking up my lemon tea and using every Dayquil and Ricola in the house.

So he made a WalMart run after bedtime.

shopping bag Text: when dad goes shopping

If you didn’t already know, the shopping completed by the full-time parent looks much different than the shopping done by the wage-earning parent.

I asked him to pick up:
Dayquil
Lemon tea
Ricola
Ramen

He came back with:
Dayquil and Nyquil packaged together (I can’t take Nyquil)
A box of lemon tea, but also another box of some other “medicinal” tea I’ve never bought before
Two bags of Ricola, one of which he opened and stole half of
Two ramen packets for me, but also two “Siracha Chicken” which are definitely for him
Three GIANT bottles of Drain-o?
A GIANT box of garbage bags
A bunch of bananas (despite the bunch of bananas already on the counter)
Diapers
A GIANT bag of chocolate chips

… what?

The point here is, my husband is crazy and has no idea how to go to WalMart for four simple things.

FALSE

(Well, he might be crazy.  But I like that about him!)

The point here really is, my wage-earning other half really stepped in for me.  After feeding the kids and giving them baths and tucking them in, he decided to make a WalMart run.  He asked me zero follow-up questions about the shopping because I was barely able to speak.  He went and fetched me things to try and make me feel better, even though he should have been sleeping so he could get up early for work today.  He got some extra things that I bet he thought we needed, probably trying to save me a trip later in the week.

And chocolate chips.

This morning, he was up  at 4:45 as usual, made himself some weird medicinal tea, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, and went to work.

Even if things aren’t done “your way,” what has your work-outside-the-home partner done lately that was thoughtful and self-sacrificing?

8 thoughts on “When Dad Goes Shopping

  • July 25, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    I love this! My hubby goes shopping for us sometimes and he brings home the strangest things! And he sometimes forgets half the things on the list. But I appreciate him and I love that he’s trying to help. (Also, he usually brings me chocolate, so all is forgiven).

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  • July 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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    I literally laughed out loud when I read “chocolate chips”. My hubby, bless his heart, would do about the same. However, your point is well taken. Sometimes when we have to step in for one another, like when one of us gets sick, it can go unnoticed or unappreciated. It is obvious you appreciated how your hubby tried to make you feel better and I am sure the chocolate chips will not go to waste! Maybe banana chocolate chip muffins?

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  • July 25, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    My husband comes home with usually everything but the stuff on my list .lol

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  • July 25, 2017 at 10:03 am
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    Really sweet of him. My husband also goes for more than what’s on the list. Last night the extra he brought home was a can of meat balls. It was so good – haven’t had it in ages.

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  • July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am
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    That was very sweet of him to goto walmart! Love the humor of his shopping excursion! ❤️🤣

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  • July 25, 2017 at 6:58 am
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    Oh husbands. Always entertaining, never boring! This was a fun read! Sounds like you’ve got a sweet man. You’re blessed!

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  • July 25, 2017 at 6:33 am
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    That’s awesome that he was trying to take care of you and get stuff you need! Also chocolate chips are always a win. Hope you feel better soon! I love your blog name.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    I’m avoiding Walmart like the plague right now & my super awesome husband went tonight to pick up a few things for me. I actually had 2 things on my list, he came back with 5 because apparently he also has his own Walmart list. I’m still questioning the validity of the 3 additional items, but I’m cutting him some slack. I slept on the couch while he went to Walmart. HA!

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