Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mommy, I Gotta Go!

Why is it that every time we go to a new place my 3 year old feels she must bless the bathroom. It's like an animal marking it's territory. She could have just peed 5 minutes ago, but if we are somewhere new, she must go. I know what you're going to say. "Melissa, she's only 3. Her bladder is so tiny...poor thing." Okay, I know this. She just picks the MOST inopportune times to feel the need. I, for some reason, have really bad luck with trips to the bathroom. We were shopping tonight at a nationwide discount retailer with a grocery side and a retail side who's name shall remain anonymous, but starts with WAL. You get my drift. My question to the powers-that-be of such a shopping empire is this. Why, why, why does it seem that the bathroom is ALWAYS closed for cleaning when I have to take 2 or more children to use the potty? What is it that is being cleaned? I never feel overly sanitary after I have completed my mission. And, why does the whole stinking place have to shut down? Why aren't there family restrooms at the front of the store? Duh, you sell underoos! Which says to me you are pro-potty training. You have a baby registry (which I'm not impressed with), diapers(which are getting a little costly, I might add), and a whole section dedicated to the materialistic desires of all the children of the world. Why can you not have more than one restroom available at the front of the store? NOOOOOOOOO, I must stomp all the way to the layaway department at the very back of the store with a child who may not make it there dry! Thanks, ___-mart. I appreciate your consideration for the people who are keeping you in business! My brother calls you the small town killer. I call you a potty-training murderer!!! Is that too harsh? Ask her......

15 comments:

quitecontrary1977 said...

now that you mention it, being out in public does makes them tinkle more!

Karen said...

It is a running joke with my family that when we are in "that place" and have to go to the potty, the little sign that says "Restroom Closed" will always be there. In our "place" there is a full restroom with a dozen stalls in the front and one with a dozen stalls in the back along with the Family Bathroom. If we go to the front, it's closed. We go to the back, that one's closed! SO FRUSTRATING!! ANd why cant they just get a girl to clean the girl rooms and a boy to clean the boy rooms!!?? Then our little gals could pee without their underappreciated mommy's carrying them at high speeds like a sack of potatos to the other end of the way too big "place"! ANd for all the cleaning they do, the place is usually N.A.S.T.Y!!!!!

Simply AnonyMom said...

My KJ is the same way. As soon as we walk in the door of almost any airconditioned shopping Mecca, she must go.

However on the walls-mart and their tendancy to close their restrooms, I have started just going on in anyway. Whats the worst they can say leave? My 4 yr old son drops his pants as a signal that it is sign so I am often running in with him halfway undressed and my 3 year old girl screaming that this is the GIRL potty that I ignore them and go about my business anyway.

I figure the worst they can do is ban me, but if that happens all I have to do is go across the street to the bulls-eye store or 12 miles down the road to the other wallsmart.

(stopped by Friday because SITS told me to, came back today because you are funny and make me smile)

Tausha said...

gotta love the 3 year old and potty training. I feel for ya! Been there done that. 3x with all of my girls. Even if we went to the bathroom right before we got to the dang store-without fail-I need to go to the bathroom wail for the little one!
Good luck girl! It will get better!

Midwest Mommy said...

So true! I guess the best revenge would be when the person cleaning the bathroom has to clean the middle aisle because you didn't make it to the back of the store :-)

Heather said...

One word...Target.

Shelley said...

Yeah, what's up with that?
I have just about decided that there is nothing at that "place" that cannot be purchased in another store. The crowds of rude shoppers and the 8 billion square feet of temptation is not worth the few dollars that I could be saving (because I always find something else to purchase with those few dollars anyway).
And even after they do say clean, the place is not so nice, I'm just sayin'.

dddiva said...

Ooh my favorite *cough cough hack hack* store. Tell me about the nasty closed restrooms. That happens ALL the time. I am tempted to let Ian use the garden section and squirt on the dang trees instead of racing to the rear of the store since he's not got the whole potty training thing down and when he says UH OH and holds his crotch you better FLY to the potty.
That being said, my angels cannot stand using public bathrooms and unless we are on a long trip we hold it although we carry liberal amounts of sanitizers, wipes, disinfectants, etc... JUST IN CASE.
Thanks for commenting on my blog- I came back to look at those layouts but got caught up.

Dee Dee's Diary said...

I like the mother that said, I go in anyway. That cracked me up. And I agree with someone who said, you would think with the many times they are CLOSED FOR CLEANING that you might actually find a "clean" one once in a while. I NEVER have. I laugh (but it's not very funny) when I see the little checklist that the employee is supposed to update after they have completed their cleaning assignment. What do you think they are doing in there because I see no evidence of CLEANING. The garden department is a great idea...KUDOS to the mother that is going to help with "watering" the plants. LOL

Tenakim said...

amen, sista!

Kimberly @ AllAboutKimberly said...

I so understand this one. We also have this problem..and this store is the worst one. Of course, that kind of makes me wonder when the other stores clean..hmmm!!! And for what it's worth, my 8 year old still has to go to the restroom and eat everywhere we go.

gideonmommasita said...

Elise likes to visit the bathroom even if she doesn't have to go! Field trip!

Sissy said...

We here in NC always comment about Wally bathrooms. It is ALWAYS being cleaned. One time the one at the front AND the one at the back were being cleaned and I was going to be sick! I yelled at the lady (not my finest moment) and went right past her little sign. Then afterwards, I apologized and told her they should not be cleaning them both at the same time. This happens at that store a LOT!

Caroline said...

Maybe I'll just potty-train the redhead at Wal-Mart, since we spend so much time there. I think at the end of my life, if I added up the time I spent at Wal-Mart, it would be at least half of my life. Probably more hours than I have spent sleeping. Sad. Mr. Baseball and I added up our receipts for a month once and guess how many trips to Wal-**** we made? 28. Yep, almost a trip a day. I am positive Wal-**** is scheming to take over the world as we know it.

Lula! said...

I hate that Wal place. And no, you were not harsh. But that is seriously the best picture I've seen all day. ADORABLE!