We are having friends over for dinner tonight, and I still needed a few things, so I ran to the grocery store. My 2 older girls, ages 5 and 4, went with me. On the way to the store I was on the phone with a friend, and I told her where I was going, and it came up that my girls were with me. She seemed somewhat surprised that I had not left them at home with my husband. While my husband is wonderful, and would have been more than willing to keep them at home with him, it is important to me that I use every opportunity I have to train my girls.
Today’s grocery trip was all about hospitality, shopping to serve others, and a bonus lesson on couponing. We talked about making sure you have what others enjoy eating. We talked about picking out the best quality produce to serve. We worked on planning and making sure that we would have enough for everyone. And as a bonus, we ran into a good deal on Goldfish. One of my daughter’s commented that we still had a bag of Gold Fish in the pantry, so I was able to explain to her that sometimes we stock up on something whenever we find a good deal (we got 21 bags of Gold Fish for $.25 each).
All this to say, it would certainly have been easier to leave my girls at home, but I don’t want them to grow up, get married, and then have no idea how to shop, whether it is bargain shopping, simply shopping for the week for their family, or preparing for a dinner party. I want them to start learning now how to be the best wives and mothers they can be.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.