The day after my first Thanksgiving, my dad had off, which was truly amazing for a cop. My mom had to work, which was much of the case for my first year. They were able to fix their schedules so that someone would be home with me, and I didn’t need a sitter until after my first birthday.
Like any good husband, my dad decided to take advantage of the sales and start the Christmas shopping for my mom. Besides this got him and his baby daughter out of the house. Plus, plus, right?
Except Black Friday was always a mad house, always is a mad house, and always will be a mad house, for ever and ever. Amen.
As my dad tried to push his way through the crowds at the mall with a baby stroller, my nearly-five-month-old self waved my fist in front of me trying to clear a path. Because even then I didn’t like crowds.
Tonight at dinner, my dad will retell the story for everyone, imitating a baby waving her fist in front of her as everyone laughs at the antics. Which is fine. Because my dad, mom, grandma did not even think to invite me to their crazy, chaotic shopping trip at 4. In the morning. And I thank them. Because if there is one thing I hate more than crowds, it’s mornings.