It is so good to be back amongst family after many years of being away. After only fifteen hours from walking out of our house in Guayaquil, we sat down with all our family in Seguin, Texas for a delicious Sunday lunch of some of our favorites: brisket, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, cake and ice cream. Then sat around all afternoon getting caught up on on everyone while sipping Dr. Pepper's and munching on all kinds of other good snack foods we have missed.
Bright and early on Monday morning we all got in the car for our first trip to Walmart. I made sure I had my Visa card, and my dad made sure I understood that we were now back in the land where STOP signs mean that you have to literally "stop!" Five minutes into our Walmart shopping experience both my wife and myself went into panic attacks. It is just too overwhelming. There is too much to choose from! The first thing on my list was to find something for my stomach indigestion from the previous day's overeating. I was not prepared to have to choose between 40 different products! Of course I had to read each one and compare prices, and what each did. I was so confused, I gave up and walked away from the drug area empty handed and frustrated, only to become more frustrated at trying to pick out a new pair of jeans. I didn't realize you have to choose between "relaxed-fit", "regular", "slim", "faded", "pre-washed", "variable-stretch" --all I wanted was a pair of jeans! Then there was under wear. I won't go into detail there. But I found out there are all kinds of different under wear to choose from also.
We had agreed beforehand that we would not venture over into the food area so as not to be tempted beyond that which we were able to bear. However, I could not resist a "peek" and slipped over into the food area to see if there were any cherries. Sure enough there were an abundance of big, juicy cherries. I quickly grabbed the biggest bag I could find and headed back over to the clothes area where I was supposed to be. At checkout time I was shocked beyond belief to find out that bag of cherries cost $10! My wife rightfully let me have it on that one, not to mention the chips, salsa, SunKist Oranges, Mountain Dews, and some more Dr. Peppers I also picked up while on the "wrong side of the store".
After three hours of walking those long aisles, we were both mentally and emotionally exhausted, and had to go recuperate at a DQ where we had Hunger Busters, fries and Root Beer. That seemed to calm us sufficiently to enable us to complete a second run and complete our buys for the day. We came back to my parents house having spent several hundred dollars on I don't know what, but it sure was a fun day!