Bob's been feeling a little better since the cardiologist tinkered with his medication. I knew he was more than ready for a trip to Costco. I mustered up my courage and suggested we go. He thought about it all of ten seconds and was ready to hit the door.
If you've been reading this blog a while you know Costco is one of my least favorite stores. I despise big box stores of any kind. I had a talk with myself last week about my attitude and thought I'd convinced myself I could do Costco since it means so much to Bob. I tried very hard to have a good attitude.
Bob pushed the cart and walked very slowly. He stopped often to stare at something like he was thinking. I wandered along with him but soon broke out in perspiration. There was no reason for that, the store was cool. It was the hot flash kind of perspiration.
I've never been able to stand in one place very long. Bob can stand for hours. About half way through the store I was having serious back pain and perspiration was pouring. I found a lawn chair exhibit and sat down. I told him to go on with his shopping and pick me up on his way to check out. He was happy with that and off he puttered.
Back home I tried to figure out why I had such a reaction and have decided I get overstimulated in such an environment and can't think. More stimulating information surrounds me than my brain can process, and I lose track of all the sane thoughts I had before entering the store.
Bob is the opposite. Picture, if you can, Bill and Hillary Clinton at a political rally. You can watch Bill's face and see him take on the energy of the crowd. His countenance begins to brighten and you can see he's loving every minute of it. Hillary, not so much. That's us.
My concern is that this will grow worse the more I stay at home. There's very little shopping I do in stores anymore. Amazon is my friend. I'm going to have to give this some thought.
Do you ever feel over stimulated by your surroundings?