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The Halloween stuff was out just behind the Back-to-School stuff. And before the dawn of the first of November, Christmas decorations were up and in your face, luring you to spend too much on too many people. And when I hit the sales shortly after Christmas, do you know what I saw? Do you know what was already up and ready for purchasing?
Oh, the Valentine’s Day stuff.
Before the first of the year! (I’m just getting to writing about it now because of the big blog move and, ya know, I didn’t want to think over a month in advance about a holiday that doesn’t really mean anything!) But yes, Valentine’s Day candy is already in the store. (Of note, we haven’t finished eating our Christmas candy just yet. And, to be frank, we still have a few pieces of Halloween candy in the cupboard.) And, if you’re an overplanner, Gap & Old Navy even have their Valentine’s day clothing available on their website. (Along with spring lines of clothing. Spring? As I look out the window, I am gazing upon six inches of snow. Spring is not on my mind.)
Why must we rush everything? I am busy enough as it is! You know, between the work that I do from of my home (writing, managing and so on), the work that I do in the home (laundry, meals and so on), a two-year-old who isn’t afraid of the Naughty Chair, a newborn who seems to love breastfeeding more than sleeping, a husband that I occasionally like to spend some alone time with, friends, family, church, parties and did I mention the six inches of snow on my back porch? Why are stores so intent on reminding me that, “Hey! There’s something else, just around the bend, that you need to take care of AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!” Why do they insist on saying, “Sure, you haven’t yet put away the decorations from the last holiday but it’s time do prepare for the next!”
Obviously, they want to make money. But it’s not working with this lady.
If you stress me out, if you make me anxious, I just straight up shut down. I don’t want to think about February when it’s only January. I don’t want to think about spring clothing when I’m wondering where all of our gloves have gone. I want to make sure I’m taking care of the present tense before I worry about the future. I want to actually enjoy the present. I’m tired of the constant push to get things done ahead of time. I’ll get stuff done when I get it done! If ever! Leave me alone!
And really, this rant is brought to you by the fact that, oh, you know what’s coming next. As soon as the push for the spring line is over, bathing suits will be right behind. And this just-delivered-a-baby Mama is unwilling to even consider bathing suit season just yet.
(Okay, ranting aside, who thinks that the boys should wear matching shirts on Valentine’s Day? Me too.)