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I decided to do the dreaded - I would go to Linda Walmart at night. Not Loma Linda, Yorba Linda, Rio Linda...LINDA, CA. (What's with all the Linda's in CA?)
On the way I saw a market....closer than Walmart...hmm.....do I dare? Yes, I did.
I should have left when I noticed the parking lot was dark. I didn't.
I should have left when I noticed the men sitting in their car, doors open...just loitering. I didn't. I removed the money from my wallet so I wouldn't have to open my purse in the store.
I should have left when I noted I was the only woman. I didn't.
I channeled my inner TaWanda.
I walked with confidence. I walked with stupidity. I got the cough syrup.
The man left my change on his side of the counter. I should have left the change. I leaned across and grabbed the change.
I walked back out and the dark side lot where I'd parked was now full of cars...doors open, windows down....lots of comments yelled my way....I would have been terrified if I could have understood their comments. I didn't.
I got in the car. Locked the doors. Started home....and on the way home I realized I could have gone to Tower Market...or driven up the highway to Walgreens...but this was closer. NEXT time I will not go to Linda at night.....I will spend the extra minutes and go where the lots are lit and the people are friendlier.
God was gracious that I did NOT invite Stacia to go with me.....and he covered the stupidity of my going alone to an area of town I've been warned not to visit. I just didn't want to drive to Roseville or Yuba City for cough syrup and I CLEARLY am sleep deprived and wasn't thinking.
That's the exciting end to this first day of our last week of school!
Living all of life before the face of God...