The Electric Shopping Cart Adventure
Be Careful Driving The Electric Shopping Cart!!!
Sometimes life just cracks me up. Before Momma spent a few days in the hospital and experienced an advancement in her dementia, I took her to WalMart with me. I decided, because I am oh so brilliant, that Momma would enjoy the freedom of moving around Walmart while driving an electric shopping cart. Let’s examine that thought for a moment.
First of all, if you have never driven an electric shopping cart, it is not as easy as one might think. You must remember which lever will move the cart forward, and you must remember which lever will move the cart backward. Sounds easy enough, but Momma has dementia. Remembering anything is almost impossible.
Second. You need to remember your driving rules by looking right and left before pulling out into traffic. If you don’t do this, an entire display of Charmin might land on you and the floor around you. I am not admitting to whether I know this from experience or not.
Third. When you put a life-long shopper like my momma in an electric shopping cart that gives her freedom to shop, be prepared. That woman wanted everything from a 600 ounce jar of peanut butter (OK, maybe it wasn’t THAT big), to a handful of men’s t-shirts. I asked her why she needed men’s t-shirts, and she replied, “Because they are only $3.99!” Well of course! Why didn’t I think of that!
Fourth. Do not, ever, drive the electric shopping cart into a dressing room. You cannot get it out without damaging all four walls of the dressing room. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it left Momma standing in the corner of the dressing room cracking up!
Fifth. Your individual with dementia just might surprise you at how well they drive an electric shopping cart. Momma had a great time, and the experience gave her some freedom to look, shop, and enjoy herself.
I don’t know if Momma will be able to do this again since her recent decline, but I am planning to give it a shot one day. I will do anything to make Momma smile, but we are NOT getting near the dressing room. I am afraid our picture might be posted on a warning sign near the door!
Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
Sometimes, You’ve Just Got To Laugh!