Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Slice of Life - Black Friday

I've been participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers. I love the challenge of composing a piece of writing at least once a week about life or teaching.
     We cut our Thanksgiving visit with my parents short because our youngest daughter had to be back to work from 9 pm to 6 am on Thursday night.  Those hours make me shudder!  I know there are people who protest Black Friday and lament that it interferes with family time.  That certainly happened to us, which was a bummer, but at the same time, I know there are many families who enjoy it as their own tradition (my family has participated in it several times).  Somebody has to work it so those families can do their early Christmas shopping.  I'm not a fan - I'd rather sleep and order my bargains online, but the rest of my family has had fun with it.  We encouraged her and sent her forth, and she actually had a pretty good attitude.  Here is her "Before" picture:
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     When 6:45 am rolled around, we heard her burst through the door, yelling "Mueller family, get up!  Rise and shine!  It's Black Friday!"  We had to chuckle.  She stomped into our bedroom extolling her Black Friday purchases and savings and then promptly collapsed to the floor, exhausted.  Dramatic!  She then went quickly to bed and slept until 2:30 that afternoon.  I don't think she would want to turn around and experience that shift again any time soon, but we were proud of her for enduring it!   She said it didn't slow down until about 5 am, but I'm sure it geared up again shortly thereafter.  Here's to all the Black Friday shoppers - I hope you got a greeting and a smile from my daughter, and a bargain to boot!
Ready for her "After" picture?


  1. I'm with you, rather sleep and shop for bargains on line, but it is an event for so many. Love your daughter's enthusiasm and commitment I'm sure she brought it all day err... night to shoppers.

  2. What no after the shift photo? Perhaps one of her sleeping would have been appropriate. :-) Gotta love the enthusiasm of those who can take those hours. I'm not made for that anymore.

    1. Oh no! I totally forgot! It's on there now. ;-) I agree - no way would I ever recover. Ha.

  3. What I appreciated most about Black Friday shopping this year was the store employees. In every store we went in there were helpful and happy workers. We didn't begin shopping until 7:00 am and most of these workers had been on all night.

  4. I do pretty much all of my shopping on line - but admire people like your daughter, and the energy it takes to do this Black Friday thing.

  5. I'm like you. I'd just as soon sleep through the night and do my shopping online. Although, when our kids were little, we were known to stand outside in the middle of the night to get a much-wanted toy. Our daughter worked on Thanksgiving, which meant a late Thanksgiving dinner for us. It was kind of nice because I could take my time and enjoy the preparations.

  6. There are those who plan ahead and shop, excited about the possibilities. I enjoyed being home, sorry to say! But I was able to go out for a while on Sunday-not so crowded in the Indie bookstore & a few small shops! Fun to hear about, Holly!

  7. I love Black Friday shopping! It goes back to my previous career. this time of year I really do miss it!