Toward the end of last year, our town got a Lowe's. You probably have one already. And you may have Home Depot too. In fact, you probably have lots of them. You probably live in a place (like the ones I've always lived in) where suburb overflows into suburb. If you can't find some item at your own mall, you can probably go to 2 or 3 others to find what you're looking for. You probably live relatively close to an airport. And there are probably shuttle services to the airport. You probably have several steakhouses and Italian restaurants and Japanese hibachi grills and burger joints.
We. Do not. We live in a desert island. Our town is a blip on the map, surrounded by hundreds of miles of nothingness in every direction. Our mall (if you can call it that--and you really shouldn't) consists of a Sears appliance store, Big 5, Bealls (a clothing store which you have probably never heard of), and a pretzel stand. The nearest real mall is three hours away in Lubbock, TX. Our only chain restaurant is a miniature Chili's. The closest commercial airport is 90 miles away and flies to only Houston or Dallas.
We didn't have a Home Depot. Or a Lowe's. The nearest one was an hour and a half away. So. To have one in town was a pretty big deal--and not just for the great selection and prices (although I'm not gonna complain about those). Maybe you've heard of the Lowe's Build and Grow workshops. They're pretty amazing. They are free. And in this town, we seriously lack for things to do in the winter. There are no indoor play places, no mall play area, no Chuck E. Cheese. Not even an indoor McDonald's play area. So a free kid's activity is exciting. People come in DROVES. The workshops start at 10am; by 10:05, they are turning people away. I'm talking hundreds of people here.
So, of course, I want to go.
Trouble is, it is really hard to go to a workshop with three children expecting to help both of them hammer straight while you hold steady both their wood and a little midget child to prevent him from wreaking havoc all over the store.
I am crazy. But I'll keep doing it. Unless you have any better ideas for a cold, snowless winter day?