Have you ever had that moment when you realize you’ve actually become your parents? Isn’t it startling? Particularly, I think, if that moment comes before you’ve even had kids of your own.
My moment came a few weeks ago.
B and I made a trip to Target for really exciting things. Like paper towels, toilet paper, and napkins. (Side note: Why do we always run out of all three at the same time?). We were standing in the toilet paper aisle, and before I knew what was happening, I was knee-deep in a discussion with him about which brand and size offered the best value for quality. I heard him start multiplying for me the cost per sheet of one package versus another. I heard me insist the quality of this brand was really worth the premium in price over that brand…
And that’s when it happened. I flashed to myself, twenty years ago, standing in the grocery store on a routine run with my parents as they calculated the cost per sheet of the toilet paper they were going to buy. I remembered so clearly thinking “who caaaaaaaaaaaaaares?!?!?!”
And now? I do. And I have long discussions on the topic with my husband in the toilet paper aisle at Target. I’ll just be in the corner now, hanging my head in shame.