We've had so many store closings in our little city that I am, whenever possible, going out of my way to shop locally. That sounds a little weird right? But think of it. Isn't it easier to just shop at the local Walmart where you can buy everything in one place? Save on gas, save on time, save your sanity? But when everyone shops at the big chains, the little stores that build our city's character go under. So when times are tough, as they are now it's up to us, the locals, to keep our town from becoming a ghost town.
That said, I have been teaching GP to shop locally as well and as with everything I teach him, I sometimes wonder if he "gets it". So here goes:
I'm driving to the PO, we're on our way to visit Trish of Heartfelt Designs in Paxton, Ma and we're running late. I tell GP we'll have to buy lunch on our way because we don't have time to stop and eat lunch. He asks, "Like McDonald's?". OMG! GP loves McDonald's! I have him on a "No more than once a week" schedule, and it had been a couple of weeks since his last visit so I mull it over and say, "That sounds good. We'll do Drive-thru." So we're on our way to the PO and drive past the McDonald's and GP say "OH,NO! We missed it!" I jump up and ask, "What? What is it?" "He says,"We missed the McDonald's. We need to make a u-turn!" I tell him, "It's OK, we'll go to the PO and then we'll pick up lunch at the other McDonald's, the one that's right before we get onto the highway." GP is silent. Then he says, "If we don't support our local economy all the good shops will close!" I swear, that is what he said! I guess he really was paying attention, LOL!