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Michelle Obama, Target, and the Art of Sneaking Away
It may seem strange, but Mrs. Obama and I actually have a lot in common. We are both very busy. She spends her days promoting her Let’s Move! Campaign to get kids to exercise and eat good food; I spend my days trying to get my toddler to eat any food that’s not a Cheerio. Mrs. Obama meets and greats foreign dignitaries; I often welcome strange people into my home for play dates. We both have husbands who work a lot and two kids, and you know what? We both need to get away from it all sometimes.
Back when I was a single, childless person I never would have guessed that some day something like a trip to Target would seem like an ultra-relaxing getaway. But now doing anything alone feels to me like vacation. Sometimes you just want to step outside of your life for a moment, to be somewhere clean and bright and orderly, to have a goal (dish rack; travel-size toothbrush) that is simple and within reach.
We all read articles about finding me-time, but for most of us I think this is less a question of a day at the spa (who does that anyway?) and more like making some necessary chore into a slightly-more-enjoyable chore. Folding laundry while watching a silly, beloved television program, hitting up the drive-thru for a McCoffeeThing when the kids fall asleep in the car, even, yes, spending an afternoon wandering around Target – it’s these stolen moments alone that keep us sane sometimes. Whether we are the First Lady whose life is closely scrutinized by the media, or just, you know, a lady whose life is closely scrutinized by some small people and a dog, we all need our Target mini-vacations now and then.
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