It was a blast.Crazy, I know. I don’t even like crowds! But for some reason, on this day, I always managed to dart through the sea of people, zero in on the best deals, lug bags heavier than the Thanksgiving turkey, spend all the cash in my wallet, and love every minute of it.
This year I shopped locally…and shopped so much that I woke up sore on Saturday. (Come to think of it, I can still feel it a little in my left arm.) Many of you, I’m sure, are shaking your head, and knocking off a few points from my sanity chart. But even for you, I’m sure there are lessons to be learned from the most-talked about shopping day of the year.1. Do your research.
Thunk. Hear that? It’s the sound of the Thanksgiving Day newspaper...if there actually is a paper under all those ads. But that's okay. They're essential for a successful mission. :) I map out a plan of action when it comes to shopping. Bell-ringers, coupons, bonus buys…Gotta keep all those straight, along with what store has the best price for that perfect gift. Without those ads, I’d be lost. My shopping would take three times as long, which means I would have arrived back home sometime…yesterday?
2. Waiting is a whole lot more fun with friends.
I’m a loner when it comes to shopping. But I met up with a friend at Kohls…just in time to wait together in the longest line of the day. Instead of standing there, shuffling forward and wishing I’d brought my Kindle, I laughed with my friend as her daughter told me for the twelfth time about her new nightgown with the matching pjs for her doll.3. Enjoy the moment! The journey itself is part of the fun.
Last year I spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ home…which meant I could look through the trees and across the highway to a Walmart. So when most of the family was still awake near midnight, we decided to pile in the van and see what damage we could do. I think I walked away with only a cheap mp3 player, after spending way too much time in line. But it was worth it. Not because I got an amazing deal, but just to people watch. Wow. We were there when the clock struck twelve, and it was a feeding frenzy in the electronics section. A sight to behold. And a fun memory we now share.
Your turn! Need any help applying these to the writing life? Anyone have another lesson to share from Black Friday?
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for you!
~ Jenness Walker