Tonight as I leisurely strolled Target at 8pm, I realized why Starbucks put counters in Target stores: Target is a mom’s stay-cation. Now, I don’t drink Starbucks, but I could completely see how wonderful it would be with a nice hot latte or cider or whatever, strolling through the store, taking my time shopping. I really didn’t need to get anything, but I had had a long weekend playing single mom while my husband was on-call (my mother-in-law had come down to stay tonight so even if my husband got called out again, someone was home for Lil Man). Almost every time I’ve had a stressful time as a mom, I ended up at Target. My husband has even told me to go to Target and wander when he notices I’ve been stretched mentally.
I love looking through the dollar bins, checking out the clearance sections, or seeing what discounts I can get with mobile coupons and/or Cartwheel. I even love wandering the home section dreaming about a cuter living room or fancier dining room. It’s funny to think that I used to do these same things BB (before baby) but now they seem like a long weekend vacation. I’ve also found that at night is the best time to go because it’s quieter: most of the people there are either single or moms like myself, escaping the madness for a short time (I say moms because, as my husband has said, Target isn’t really a “man’s” store – no automotive or tools).
I have a feeling as my son grows up, he’s going to figure out that when Mom says she’s going to Target, not to question it or even ask to go along. He’ll understand that’s Mom’s time alone. Or it’s to buy him new underwear.