When Susie's mother took her girls shopping at the grocery store, sometimes she would let them have a special treat. When they first went into the store, Mother would give them each a box of animal crackers to hold while they were in the store. The little red box decorated like a circus train car would hold their fancy so Mother could do her shopping in peace. Of course, Susie and her sisters were only allowed to keep the box of crackers to eat if they were good in the store. One can only imagine how devastating it would be to have your crackers put back on the shelf when your sisters were allowed to keep theirs. Susie greatly treasured holding her own little box of animal crackers. She loved how it rattled with the promise of the menagerie of animals it held inside. She was always sure to be good and helpful to Mother so that that little box of crackers was hers to keep! And then! How fun to open the little red box and discover the assortment you had! You could trade your elephants for your sister's lions, if you wished (lions are the best, of course).
Susie must have learned loads about taking your children grocery shopping, for when she grew up and became a mother, she always took her children along with her. From a young age, they were given tasks in the store to help with, and by the time they were in late elementary school, they could divide up her list, and take 3 separate carts around the store to cut the shopping trip down by quite a bit! Sue always took the produce and dairy sections, her son Nathan took the frozen, and Gretchen and Anna went together through the grocery sections. They had seen their mother choose sizes and brands so often, that they knew just what she would want them to get! And instead of animal crackers, they liked to choose Hostess fruit pies -- chocolate for Nathan, cherry for Gretchen and lemon for Anna. And they liked those just as much as Susie liked her animal crackers.