I imagine every woman has a weakness for buying a lot of something she loves.
For some women, it’s shoes.
For others, it’s purses.
Well, for me…..
It’s emergency supplies.
You know, like wind-up radios, water filters, camping stoves, below zero sleeping bags and 20 cans of shortening.
For some reason I’ve always loved buying stuff like that and then carefully storing it away in case we ever need it.
My current project is installing various things to earthquake-proof our new house, but I’m still constantly on the look-out for anything else I haven’t thought of that we might need.
So when I was at Costco today, I happened to wander down their flashlight aisle, wondering if they had any wind-up flashlight/radio/sirens in stock.
I eventually wanted to replace our downstairs battery-powered flashlights with the wind-up ones, so I was curious to see if they had any.
And as I walked, I suddenly stopped.
What’s this? I thought to myself as I slowly picked up the package, I’ve never seen one of these before…..
Holy smokes! I thought as I read it and my jaw dropped, This is exactly what I need!!!
It’s a nightlight…..
That automatically turns on as a flashlight when the power goes out…..
And then you can pick it up and use it as a flashlight or emergency flasher.
I stood there in the middle of Costco, barely paying attention to my son who was calling every man that walked by, “Papa! Papa!”, as I stared at this package in my hands and wondered where on earth it had been all my life.
Just the other day I was thinking how inconvenient it would be to try and find our flashlights in the dark when we need them.
And right here, in my very own hands, was the solution to all my concerns!
Not to mention two of our nightlights had recently broken so this took care of replacing those, too!
And since it had LED lights and a rechargeable lithium ion battery—they never needed to be replaced!
This was clearly a match made in heaven.
But I was still hesitant to buy it, since I hadn’t talked it over with my husband.
You see, we have a rule that we always consult each other before making any purchases.
And I hadn’t consulted him about this, so I knew I shouldn’t buy it.
But then I saw this:
This package was the last one they had.
The last one!!
How could I not buy it?!?
It took all my will power to put the package back down and hope that they would order more soon.
Then I left and picked out some bananas.
And some apples.
But somewhere between the produce section and the dairy section…..
It jumped into my cart and followed me home!
Fortunately, Charming said I could keep it.
With only one condition:
That I do some research to see if it’s really the best one out there.
I appreciate you understanding (and funding) my weakness.