My Very Important Job

As chauffeur of the family, I seem to find myself doing a lot of waiting.  Currently it’s only Martial Arts but the girls are trying to go nearly every day.   It’s only about an hour so it really doesn’t make sense to go back home after dropping them off.   I usually use that time to sit in the car and read a book or more frequently run any errands that need to be taken car of in town.  (Not that there are very many errands I can do in our little bitty town.) 

For entertainment grocery shopping, I frequently find myself headed to our new Costco.  (Technically it’s not really new as it has been there for about a year, but that’s just what I call it)  It’s a perfect time to go as there usually isn’t much of a crowd at that time of day.  There’s all sorts of stuff to spend our money on gaze at in wonderment.  You can get anything at Costco.  (As long as you don’t mind that it comes in jumbo size). 

One thing I don’t ever do it join the feeding frenzy that surrounds the “Sample Ladies”.   While I don’t see anything wrong with it, (it’s their job to give away free food so it’s perfectly fine to accept it.) it still offends me to be a part of it.  I think this dates back to when my girls were tiny.  I just couldn’t get past the feeling that people must have thought they were starving little orphans begging for crumbs for passing strangers. 

So imagine my surprise when one of the Sample Ladies singled me out and beckoned me over to her the other night.   As I approached her, she glanced around as if to make sure nobody was around. Then she asked me if I was looking for a part-time job.   A zillion questions went zipping through my head.  Why did she select me  to ask?  Were my capris not fancy enough for Costco? Did I look destitute or starving? Of course, I didn’t ask her any of these burning questions…I mere thanked her and declined the offer. 

After all, I already have a full time job.  I’m the family Chauffeur…

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17 Responses to My Very Important Job

  1. Carol says:

    I practically LIVE at that Costco! One of these days we’ll run into each other there. But guess it won’t be at “your” sample stand… 🙂


  2. Cazzie says:

    Bloody oath you have a full time job, parenting and taxiing the kids is just that!

  3. Susan, join our movement for woman “We must build the house”. You can buy 10 bricks and build the house and live in there whenever you want. Know about the house here.

  4. The same question pops up in my mind too, Susan.

  5. Seraph says:

    pretty interesting situation. and a nice site

  6. Lynne says:

    Sounds like an okay job to me (the chauffeuring I mean). You don’t want to have to wear gloves and a hairnet anyway!

    My job is chief dog/cat-feeder-petter-let outer-scooper-extraordinaire!

  7. Mojokat says:

    I love Costco, and my bank account can prove it! HAHA! Our family does a ton of shopping there, but with 5 adults in the household, the HUGE sizes come in quite handy.
    I usually end up avoiding the sample ladies because of how rude other customers usually are. I’ve gotten cut in front of too many times to count and I would have to wear steel toe shoes to protect my toesies…it’s crazy!

  8. Peggy says:

    I think there is a Costco up in Glasgow, but I’ve never been there.

    I wonder if “sample lady” identified you as ONE OF US. Perhaps if you didn’t avoid them and stepped on peoples toes to get to the free food, they wouldn’t want you to join them.

  9. giveitatry says:

    That is so funny! I am not a fan of the Costco sample ever since my husband tried a sample of something and then came home and threw it up. Stay away from the samples!

    I also sit at outside the martial arts place in our town and wait and wait and wait. I can so relate to that one.

  10. I don’t like the sample ladies either. I mean, I’m sure the ladies themselves are very nice, but I don’t like their jobs. Very annoying when I am trying to shop!

  11. Jay says:

    I wish we had a Costco someplace close to me. I’ve actually never been to one but everybody just loves that place.

    And I love the sample food stands at stores. We used to go to Central Market in San Antonio and just graze on all the samples for lunch.

    Unless a car lot was giving away free hot dogs as part of a big sale, of course. 😉

  12. susan…hello from one of your she who blogs buddies! that story is so funny. sometimes i loathe the “waiting time,” sometimes i have an awesome-not-to-be-put-down book & wish i had more of that time!

  13. Jenster says:

    I’m also in the transportation services line of work.

    Maybe you just have that friendly, “let me serve you” look about you??

  14. swamp witch says:

    No time except to say I’m in the midst of not losing a daughter but gaining a son.
    Thanks for always visiting. I’ll be back to read later. Until them, I’m up to my witch’s hat in celebrations here in Seattle.

  15. JennieBoo says:

    I’m not the family chauffer. I’m the family maid!

    And the pay is non-exsistent! urrggghhh!

  16. awriterinthedesert says:

    Why did the Costco sample lady single YOU out? That would haunt me. As one who is often singled out by hobos selling pencils at traffic lights, beggars at the 7-Eleven, and the person to sit next to in an otherwise empty movie theater, I can totally relate. You’re not alone in being “chosen.” But it doesn’t make you feel any better, does it? Hey, maybe the sample lady was hoping you’d take the job right there on the spot so she could go home.

  17. Susan says:

    Carol~Got that right! LOL

    Cazzie~It was supposed to get easier as the kids got older, I think it’s more work now!

    House~very interesting concept and a very reasonable donation…although I don’t think I’ll be heading towards Belarus anytime soon.

    Pretty~I guess we’ll never know!

    Seraph~How did you sneak past my spamcatcher???

    Lynne~No….but I wonder where I could get a stylish hat like they the drivers sometimes wear? Anything to embarrass the girls!

    Kat~I just do my best to skirt around the herd.

    Peggy~does that mean I’m one of the good guys????

    Giveitatry~and mine have decided to start going EVERY day. Good for them, but…

    Songbird~it seems like a thankless job…too many grabby people.

    Jay~your car dealers have free hot dog days?? We have a tire seller with the gimmick of giving away beef with a tire purchase. Stangest thing i ever heard of…

    qualcosa~got anyone that wants to take up martial arts?

    Jenster~could be? I’ll have to glower more…

    Swampy~I can’t believe you are blogging with all you have going on!

    Jennieboo~Oh yeah…I’m supposed to be doing that maid thing too. I’m much better at driving!

    Writer~Hey! You delurked! I’m cracking up at the idea of her just wanting to find some sucker so she could escape!

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