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7,800 Spots And Not One Left

Updated on December 23, 2010

I Can Not Believe It

Tis The Season To shop

To look around for the perfect gift for someone special

Sometimes we think ?

What can I do to make our special loved ones happy ?

What do they want ?

How can I make them happier than before ?

As I drive around and go up and down

Isle after isle of cars

Row after row

My eyes catch a lady walking

I have spotted a chance to go in the next open parking spot

I slowly relax my hands on the steering wheel that I had gripped so tight

When in frustration I couldn't find room for my car to Zoom

As I watch her cross in between two cars and get into a car just one isle over

There were cars waiting and I saw her first but they will never believe me

But almost instantly I forget her as I see a middle age man whistling a favorite Christmas tune in front of me

This is my new hope

He got in the car just a little behind me

As I go to back up I notice a line a cars also waiting

This is not fair I saw him first

Then I realize like me they are waiting for a spot

I guess they saw him before me

When I was chasing the other customer like a cat on a mouses trail

I had to pull a little forward so the man could get out

As he did another car quietly made its move

Like a game of chess each piece perfectly in position

I sighed as my hopes of finding a spot were soon dashed

I decided to make another swing

As I go in and out and pass down rows of cars like ants in an ant farm

Each open spot happens to be a handicapped one or one for security only

Now I don't get it

I have been here for over an hour

Why do I wait for the last minute to go shopping?

Why do I put myself through this self torture?

I could be at home with my family I Iove so much

Spending time together and sharing the love that we have for each other

What is this compulsion to shop ?

Have I been tricked by advertisements and the news ?

To follow the masses and hungerily search for a bargain ?

Ooops I almost missed it

A spot that I almost didn't see

I was busy

My mind drifted thinking of other things

Not paying attention to what is important

What has real meaning

As I look a big truck has parked over the lines

Leaving not much room on one side

With another car in back I can probably just squeeze in

There is a pole that blocks my way on the other side of my car

I can go slow and squeeze in tight

Holding my breath

I began backing up

Another car watched closely as I attempted my approach

They shook their head

Like you can't be serious

They decided to leave me all alone

They picked up a little speed and passed by me with that look

Ya you wish you had seen this spot I muttered

This one is all mine

I stake my claim like a miner on a gold mine

I hold on firm

I am in the right

So as I back in cutting my wheel real sharp

I look out my rear view mirrow the view is clear

I check my side mirrors this looks promising

I hit the gas and slowly back in

No this isn't going to work

I quietly repeat to myself

I will make it work

So I pull forward once again

In the meantime a car pulls out on the back space of where I am going

A little honda accord leaves

With a ugly color blue

Why would anyone buy a car with that color

It has a dent on one side

It is incredible what your eyes can take in In three seconds

After cutting the wheel sharp and hearing the tires rub

I back up again thinking if I go back slow

I will not be able to get out of my drivers side because the car next to me is too close  but I can climb over to the passenger side and make my way out that way

Its the only spot I see

It will work for me

It has been five minutes and I have seen other cars drive around me

I had to carefully stop because they don't want to wait

They are looking for a spot

The next car comes around and this time I am making my move

The person looks impatient

I don't care

As I back up

I notice bright lights shining in my rear view mirror

It's from a SUV that is coming in from the back

It is such a big car

Why would someone drive that

As I stop because the lights have blinded me for the time being

The reflection is too strong

They pull up close and in they go

Their are three ladies

All beautiful and sexy

Talking to each other

Never missing a beat

I notice they have pulled in too far

They will not give me enough room

I stop my car and have to tell them to back up just a bit

As I hestitate I loose precious time

I put my car in park

The older guy next to me

Gives me another look

He gives me a beep

Lets go

He couldn't see what I see

I don't care what he thinks

I go to call to the ladies

They have their backs to me and can't hear me

Hey ladies

They begin to walk

My words are useless and they are now out of sight

I cannot believe this

This is not happening

With another beep from the guy next to me


I get back into my car and begin to pull back into my spot

With less than an inch of clearance I back in

Now because of where I am farther up in my spot than I planned

I know my drivers door is blocked and the pole makes it impossible for me to get out of the passenger side door

If I could only get out of my car and roll my car back in my spot

I am stuck and trapped in my own car

On one of the busiest shopping days of the year

If I pull out  some smaller car than mine will pull in and take my spot

I can sit here and waste precious time

This is ridiculous and absurd are the only words I can think of that describe the feeling I am feeling

As I pull out of my spot and attempt to join others in my search again to find an opening in this car maze

Only to see a little tiny sports car immediately drive right in my old spot

As they get out all happy I stop and look

I can hear them talk loudly

It looks like a boyfriend and girlfriend

Arm and arm they are walking this way

With my window down I can hear them say

What timing honey

We just got here and how lucky was that

You have a way of finding a spot when others are here waiting

They see me staring at them in disbelief

Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year she says with a smile and a twinkle in her eye

I smile back and under my breath a little bit hasty

Yah thanks

But then it hit me

Instantly I yell out from the top of my lungs

A Merry Christmas to you and everyone in this mall

They stopped and a little bit shocked

Then we all began to laugh simultanously

No matter what happens

Make the best of life and soon the

best of life will be yours



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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Micky Dee May you always find a spot near the door.Thanks for sharing.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Spot on!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Yolanda Yvette I hope were in that sports car.We can all have so much fun in life if we just have the right attitude.Rhonda Waits or maybe you two were in the sports car.I find it amazing how some people have th most incredible timing in life for everything.I think it is one of the most precious gifts of all.I think we all can be like that with a little practice.How do you like the Suv?Isn't expensive on gas?Darlene Sabella I think they should have a special card sent in the mail to random people giving them privileges like saved spots in the mall.Wouldn't that be something?How much fun would that be.Carrie 450 I am so glad we can laugh at ourselves.Then all life is easier and more enjoyable.Heart4theword I wish I was more talented to make hand crafed gifts.Some day maybe.For now store bought ??? will have to do.Some people are so hung up on material things they wouldn't appreciate the thought and effort put into it unfortunately.Thanks to all and a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year.

    • heart4theword profile image


      7 years ago from hub

      I hear and feel, your frustration in this shopping day! I hope you were able to get what you went there for? Your right Christmas is too commercialized, when people have the time and ability...I think that handmade or crafted gifts are awesome:) The gift of love shown, can be the most precious gift! Fun hub, even in the midst of frustration? Thanks for sharing..that you too, are human:)

    • carrie450 profile image


      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This is a funny hub. In a bad situation we may as well laugh rather than raise our blood pressure :)

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh we all remember having that experience, I laughed so hard my stomach hurts, this is all so true, I am done by October and for little things I go to empty stores. Never the mall, the mall in crazy people all looking for a spot. This hub is really really great, awesome and ho ho ho I rate you up cheers darski

    • Rhonda Waits profile image

      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Wow. That was great. Couldn't have said it better. I drive and suv but I am courteous to others. I have learned through trial and error, never do anything last minute. Merry Christmas.

    • yolanda yvette profile image

      yolanda yvette 

      7 years ago


      You're awesome....


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