Shopping at Wal-Mart may be a necessary evil, but in order to tip the great moral balance of the universe to the other direction, I also shop at Sunflower Market, frequent the seasonal farmer's markets, and grow what I can in my own garden.
Here are a few reasons why shopping at Wal-Mart is A-okay:
- This was taken in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I have pondered about this picture more than I care to admit. What does it mean? Does the car owner love cowboy playboys, but loves Jesus more? Does Jesus love the playboy sinners? Does it represent moral dilemma of the owner? Going to Wal-Mart inspires me to ponder such things.
- Speaking of, WWJS (Where Would Jesus Shop)? Whole Foods? I think not.
- Amazingly, the employees are remarkably kind and helpful, even after dealing with hours of rude people and shoplifters. This gives me profound hope.
- The greeter smiles at me every time I come in, and he means it.
- I save money shopping there. Generally, I avoid the meat department (I'm a meat department snob), but snap up the $2 milk, cheap cereal, health and beauty products and other stuff. I'd like to think that my family can eat like I spend a lot of money when I really don't.
So yes, Wal-Mart can be a maddening exercise in frustration, but if you have your patience pants on, you'll do just fine. There will be times where you'll want to kill the:
-weight watchers lady who dumped every last box of the clearance fiber bars into her cart (I'm watching you!)
-mother who thinks that it's okay to shop with her kids at 2 a.m.
-couple who is alternatively fighting and making out
-gal who thinks it's okay to vomit in the drinking fountain (hat tip, Mrs. Bear Cub)
but you won't. You'll instead think of your pioneer forbearers and how they'd faint at the sight of such ease and convenience. It'll make your day. Always.