Just my luck!
So, remember how I told you that I had been looking for months for a double jogging stroller and then we scored a sweet deal on one last week? Well, as you know I went up to my parents’ lake house for a few days this week. It’s in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. If you blink when driving through the town center, you’ll probably miss it. There’s an antique store, a pizza place, a bank and a library. Oh, and a place called the Community Clothing Center which is sort of like a Salvation Army store or thrift store.
Before heading to the house, we always stop at the grocery store to get what we’ll need while we’re up there. The closest store is about 20 minutes away so it’s just easier to get everything before hand. Anyway, as we’re driving from the grocery store to the house, we pass through the tiny town center. There’s never anything exciting to see or do down there but I always look around as we’re going through. As we pass the Community Clothing Center my mom says to me (did I mention that she was with us?), “Hey, there’s a double jogging stroller just like the one you just got.” I looked over and saw it and she was right. It was just like the one I had got, except that it was blue. I just shrugged and said, “Figures, since I just bought one.”
I kept on driving but then my mom and I decided that we should at least go and check it out. So I turned the car around and headed back. I pulled up in front of the CCC and had my mom hop out and go inquire about the stroller. She goes in and comes back a few minutes later and knocks on the window. I say,”How much?” She just laughs and says, “They don’t charge for things, you just make a donation.” Ummm, ok. At that point she hops back in the car and I get out to go check out the stroller. It’s legitimately the same stroller I just bought, an InStep Safari TT Double Jogger. It has all the parts and is in fairly good shape. It has some stains but nothing that can’t be cleaned.
We decide that, even though I just bought one, we should take it. She can either keep it at her house for my girls and my nieces or leave it up at the lake house and we can use it when we walk over to the beach with the kids. Either way, all we have to do is make a donation and the stroller is ours. We’re trying to think of what to give for a donation and we’re rummaging through our purses. Collectively we came up with $15 cash. It’s all we had. My mom goes back in, gives the woman working inside the money and tells her that we’re going to take the stroller. As she does this, I am waiting outside by the car. An elderly man is sitting in one of the chairs outside the store. He’s mumblimg, “Where’s my nurse? She’s over an hour late. I might just croak right here waiting for her.” I’m not sure if he’s talking to me so I don’t answer. Then another man approaches the store, looks over at my car and says to me, “Niiiice car!” At this point my mom is (thankfully) come out of the store.
I start folding up the stroller and open the tailgate to my car. So this stroller is NOT small. It folds in half but that doesn’t mean much. Oh and my car is already pretty full of our bags of clothes, our food and miscellaneous stuff for the kids. I have no idea how we’re going to fit the stroller in the back of the car but somehow we manage.
So now, in a matter of 5 days, I have no one, but two double jogging strollers. It’s just my luck!