Sunday, my six-year-old son asked me, while driving home from an afternoon at the zoo, “Mommy, why don’t you go shopping anymore?” I had no idea where he was coming from with this question so asked him what he meant. He explained, rather slowly so that I would understand what he thought I should already understand, that I haven’t gone shopping to buy him clothes in a while. Well, aside from the fact that I’d recently taken him to try on every size 3 ½ tennis shoe that exists in Columbus, he was correct – we hadn’t gone school shopping. I’d been too busy buying school supplies, getting medical forms completed, reviewing bus routes and trying to keep up with everything else; I had focused on what was right in front of me and hadn’t thought about what would happen on the first cool day when long pants would be needed.
If you are anything like me, we get caught up with day-to-day stuff and put off what’s most important… I’ll worry about that when I have to. Sound familiar? That’s why the American Red Cross reminds everyone that we can’t afford to wait until a disaster happens before thinking about becoming prepared. Whether it’s a home fire – the nation’s most frequent disaster, tornados, flooding or a pandemic flu outbreak, we must move preparedness to the top of our priority list. So, in addition to clothes shopping this weekend, I’ll be stocking up on non-perishable food, batteries, hand sanitizer and other items that I need for my emergency kit. Happy shopping!