Yesterday, it came to my attention that we were on the very last roll of toilet paper. Being the last shopping day before Easter, one needs to weigh out whether they are willing to grab a small two-pack from the corner store or brave the insanity of Wal-Mart for the super-strap-to-the-top-of-your-car-bulk package. (both costing around $10) Needless to say I headed off to Wal-Mart… sigh I should have wasted the money at the convenience store.
Right away as I pulled into the parking lot, I knew it was going to be hell. No empty spaces for miles, cars honking and speeding around, pedestrians running to their cars pushing shopping carts piled high with toys, clothes and candy. I hadn’t even parked yet and I was already having trouble breathing.
Finally, parked and ready to walk through the magical doors of Wal-Mart whose cutesy slogan is: “Save Money, Live Better” or as I was thinking at the moment “Die Horribly, Trying to Save”. It was complete pandemonium, empty shelves, crowded aisles, parents looking violently at those lucky enough to have found chocolate, kids screaming that they wanted the newest, coolest whatever.
So I rushed quickly to grab our butt-wipe and thought to myself while I was there I may as well see if they had the ink cartridge we need for our printer – kill two birds and all that. I was shocked upon seeing the state of the electronics department! People were actually buying things for easter like big screen TVs, Nintendo WIIs, PS3s and laptops! This is worse than christmas! My boys, both too old for the whole easter bunny schtick normally usually always got something like a new bike if they’d outgrown theirs, now as teenagers they get some money for new summer clothes – both useful things that I would have bought anyways – but nothing of this scope or cost. People are insane!!
It’s sad in a way to see shopping centers and department stores filled to bursting with people, while church parking lots look practically deserted. As a non-religious person it’s not so much that people are forgetting the origin of the holiday, but more the fact that people fully embrace any event that allows them to spend money so flamboyantly.
For my family easter was celebrated for the fact that it gave us a long weekend to enjoy family, friends and relaxation. This weekend was just that, and today I will be doing more of it by enjoying some good old fashioned zombie books – cause really wasn’t jesus the first zombie (lol) I mean no offense to anyone who is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ today. I may not be religious myself, but I have the utmost respect for others faith and beliefs.
Happy Easter, Resurrection, La Pasqua, Ostern, Pascua (I know I’m missing a few) and to those who consider it a pagan holiday or don’t observe Easter - Happy Sunday!
Oh and believe it or not people actually celebrate Zombie Jesus Day!
If you are a member of the Everyday is a Wal-Mart Day Cult – Burn, Sinners, Burn :P
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