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March 31, 2013

CRIB NOTES: Kids ... more useful once they're big enough to carry things

Niagara Gazette — Food shopping in our household is usually an enjoyable enough experience. We fulfill the list, buy a few (or 20) fun add-ons and enjoy any samples that may be available.

But the thing about buying hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries is, hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries need to get from the car to the house. The trip is long, but it is wearisome when you make while carrying a hundred pounds of crud 25 times.

And putting the stuff away? Let’s just say I never start the chore intending to be a ramshackle stacker of supplies, but I often end up being one.

Our most recent trip was one during which we flexed particular purchasing power. How we even spent $500 on a trip to the store that didn’t involve buying a new TV is beyond me.

But anyway, spending that much meant the van was at capacity. I’m pretty sure the new outdoor broom might have accidentally tapped Rigby in the head a time or two.

I was taking the kids out to let them go inside and play before bed like they normally do post-shopping. Penny perplexed me when she stopped me halfway to the house.

“Daddy? Can I help you take some groceries in?”

“Sure,” I said with a trepidation that comes with utter shock. So, kids can help do chores? And they enjoy it?

I know, of course, they can and do in time. But at ages 5 and 4, Penny and Rigby need to be cajoled into many basic tasks around the house. The Rigger Man still tries to get me to reclothe him after using the bathroom. So getting them to help on nonessentials seemed to be a bit away still.

I reached for two things I thought were light enough for her to carry. She confidently put them in one arm.

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