We went for the free stuff.
Back in the day, every store gave away something. For JCPenney, it was Mickey Mouse snow globes. It’s a tradition the retailer brought back this year to our delight. (Yes, we got there at 5 a.m. on Friday just to make sure we got one. My sister and I, we take tradition seriously.)
Anyway, back then we were on a mission to see how many free things we could get. That meant hitting as many stores as possible as quickly as possible. We would scour the circulars and devise a plan of attack. We would literally run in one door, grab the free goody and run out the other door — laughing our heads off the whole time.
We’d get home and go through our loot. Sometimes we were victorious and sometimes we weren’t, but we always had a great time. We’ve been doing it ever since.
As my sister and I have gotten older, we’ve become friends. Really, really good friends. But responsibilities and distance don’t allow us to hang out as much as we’d like. And going on nine years now, we don’t get to hang out with just the two of us — except for Black Friday. The kids and her husband are asleep and it’s a once-a-year chance for us to spend some time together alone.
While our mission has changed — we now have shopping money — the tradition of us spending time together hasn’t. It’s for that reason I love Black Friday, even if it comes too early nowadays.
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