So many of you, my blogger friends, have wonderful causes that you draw attention to. Oftentimes I have felt somewhat ashamed that I am not working for anything but now I too have a cause, a purpose, a calling!!! What you may ask? Drum roll please....It is to rid the world of all race car/truck/novelty shopping carts!!! Not a cause as worthy as some, but a cause nonetheless.
Some of you probably don't even know what I am talking about. You are the ones whose kids are too old to use these monstrosities. You are at a point in life that allows you to let your children roam freely through all kinds of retail centers unafraid of the havoc they may wreak on unsuspecting jars of mayonnaise and innocent loaves of bread. These carts are usually designed as race cars or some other form of transportation. I'm quite positive some MAN thought he was being so helpful when he designed them. I can hear him thinking, "What a great idea for a mom who is shopping with her kids. This will be something to entertain them." Yeah, right.
Here is what I don't like about these "modern conveniences."
1. They are huge and cumbersome.
2. They don't hold as many groceries as regular carts do.
3. They are hard to steer because they are longer, wider, and (see number one) huge and cumbersome.
4. When I am using them I always have at least one accident with items on a shelf or another shopper.
5. They are always covered in some kind of unidentifiable sticky, slimy mess.
6. Due to number 5, it takes me 10 minutes longer to get my shopping trip started because I have to wipe down every inch of the cart.
7. Each store (even Menard's has sold me out) only has two to three of these objects which leads to tears and whining if one is not available to use.
8. If I say "not today" to using these objects then I also will most likely have to put up with tears and whining from my children and skunk-eyes from all the other childless shoppers who can't understand why I don't want to use one of those "cute, little, race car carts."
9. If the cart is designed so that the kids sit in the front towards the ground, then they can take things off the shelf while you are shopping and be eating them without your knowledge. (Yes, that really did happen!!)
10. If my child is steering one way with his steering wheel and I go another way he yells, "We are not going that way!! You are not going the right way!!" which inevitably leads to more tears and whining and probably a trip to the bathroom for some kind of discipline.
11. When you get to the checkout lane you have to switch all of your groceries over to a plain cart because, out of the corner of your eye, you catch another mom's frazzled face as she listens to her kids cry, "I want a race car cart." and out of pity you give her yours!!
I don't want to start 2008 off on a complaining note, however I do think this is a cause worth fighting for. Moms against the race car carts unite!! Who's with me???