Monday, May 19, 2014

Scary Night in Linda

Arielle doesn't have a fever. She doesn't have a sore throat. She just has a cough.  I thought we had cough meds. We don't. 
via Google Images - Linda Walmart

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 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! 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Linda said...

Linda means beautiful in Spanish! (Ask me how I know this. :) ) So all these places are beautiful something, Rio Linda - beautiful river, etc., etc. :) Stay out of dark parking lots, De'Etta! :)

Anonymous said...

Glad God was with you. love/prayers - momt.

Laura said...

Wow, scary!

And I love knowing what Linda means!! That makes so much sense now! Glad you mentioned it, De'Etta, and glad you explained it, Linda! :)