Before school starts, we go shopping with our daughter and grandchildren in Charlottetown. My husband and I both enjoy going with them every year this time when they shop for some new clothes, sneakers, backpacks and lunch bags for school. This year, the youngest starts school and he is excited about the prospect though he has always enjoyed these shopping trips.
The two girls are seasoned shoppers and know exactly what they need and what they’re looking for. While my husband waited on a bench outside the store, our daughter, the kids and I looked at styles, selections and sizes. Another store nearby completed the inventory for clothes.
We had lunch at one of our favourite places and finished our shopping at a large retailer where backpacks and the like were in great supply and their grandfather assisted. A stop at a dairy bar before we drove home capped the day.
While we ate ice cream, music played in the background. Oldies, that’s for sure! As I listened to the conversation around the table, our daughter, the three kids and my husband chatting about a variety of things, Let it Be by the Beatles played in the background. As I listened to the music, my thoughts went back to 1970 when the song was released.
That year, I finished high school and headed to university with an unknown future spread before me. Now all these years later, that future sat around me, eating ice cream, chatting comfortably about the day and the coming school year.
I looked at my husband, caught his eye and we both smiled.