Do you remember when Black Friday was only one day? Remember the excitement of finding out the deals a day or two before, by getting all the fliers in the newspaper? Maybe those are my memories and it dates me a little but that’s what I remember from when I was growing up.
What I also remember was one particular Black Friday where it wasn’t about the deals it was about a seven year old little girl who really just wanted a Tweety bag.
It was usually my aunt who would bring the paper on Thanksgiving Day to my parents and each of us kids would sift through every little piece of paper to make sure we didn’t miss a thing. Knowing full well I wasn’t actually ever going shopping for a thing it was always fun to dream and make a Christmas wish list.
However, one year was a little different, I had spotted something that I truly wanted but it was only on Black Friday that it was available and not only was it only on that day, you had to be one of the first 250 people in line to get it.
The item was a Tweety Bird reusable bag with some small treats and samples in it, but it was the bag that I wanted because at the time I was all about Tweety and thought Tweety was the cutest and sweetest character on Loony Tunes. Anything Tweety related I was pretty much obsessed with at the time and this was no exception. I remember telling mom and dad about it but even at seven I knew there wasn’t a chance we were going to drive to Moorhead and stand in the cold in line at Target around 5am for that.
Little did I know there was a surprise to come. I had gone to bed slightly disappointed and sad that I wouldn’t be getting said bag, but knew there was nothing I could do about it. Fast forward to the next morning when I was being woken by my dad and it was still pitch black out. Remember him telling me get up and dressed we were going to Moorhead. Probably never been dressed faster in my life at a little before four in the morning. Dad tricked me, we were going to get my bag!
Mom helped to bundle me and my brother up and threw an extra blanket in the vehicle just in case we fell asleep and we were off! I was too excited to sleep but pretty sure my older brother, who was not interested in the bag, fell back asleep immediately. We made it to Moorhead that morning and I got my bag and so did my dad and brother and they gave me theirs too!! It was the best Black Friday EVER! We may not have found a deal or even bought much that day, but it’s a day I’ll never forget.
That Black Friday wasn’t about the deals, it wasn’t about opening the doors on Thanksgiving, it was contained to a day and it was a memory…a great one at that. As an adult I appreciate even more what my parents did for me so little Megan could have a Tweety bag.
I remember Black Friday when it really was only Black Friday, but in the greed of needing to sell more we have forgotten what the start of the holiday season should be about…memories with our loved ones. Because you never know when that is all you have left, so this holiday season hug your loved ones a little longer, talk with them more, share a good cup of coffee, a piece of pie or whatever it might be, but remember to cherish the memories.