Perhaps I Need A “When I Run the World” Category

I have another bone to pick with the powers that be.  Who decided that 10 A.M. is a good time for shopping malls to open in the morning?  WHO?  Certainly not mothers of preschoolers, that’s for sure and certain.

For those of you who are not and/or have not ever been a mother of a preschooler, let me explain my position.  Most preschools start at 9:00 or thereabouts.  So I get up and get myself looking presentable because I have things to do and places to go, and I need to make the most of the precious few hours that all three kids are in school.

So I put my older kids on the big yellow bus and then drop my daughter off at preschool, kiss her rosy cheeks, and hop back in my car.  By then it is 9:10, MAYBE 9:20 if it’s been a rough morning.  Now what?

If my agenda involves grocery shopping, I’m golden.  Grocery stores open early.  But what if I want to go to the mall?  The malls don’t open till 10.  I don’t want to go back home because when I do, I invariably get caught up in some tedious chore like laundry, or more likely a project on the computer, and before I know it, lunch time is upon me.

So that brings me back to my plans to take over the world.  When I run the world, I promise you the malls will open no later than 9:00 in the A.M.  And that is my campaign promise to you.

Until then, you should know that Panera is a great place to kill 30 minutes.  Or 90.  (So much for not getting caught up in a project on the computer.)  But hey.  At least they have these.


I can’t get that at home.