*This is completely non-fitblr. You have been warned:P but I think it’s still worth reading! Even though it might be a tad rambly*
I keep seeing things pop up on social media about how awful Black Friday is and how it destroys Thanksgiving etc.
Now let me disclaim: I DO think that the 8pm Thanksgiving Day specials are awful. They completely destroy the holiday. BUT as for actual Black Friday….well….it is what you make of t!
I’m a college student who lives a few thousand miles away from home: i.e. I will not be going home for Thanksgiving. And you know what one thing I specificially miss is? Black Friday shopping with my mom. At first I thought it was about the deals and the fact that my hometown had better shopping areas…but then I realized…what I really miss is
Staying up super late (my mom and I never went to sleep, we knew we’d end up groggy)
The standing in line in FREEZING (often below 0 degrees Fahrenheit!) weather together and having to talk for at least an hour about anything and everything
The teamwork that Black Friday requires…anyone who’s done Black Friday “right” knows what I mean. Getting in line way early while one person shops, taking a couple of select items off the list each etc.
Driving all over to the stores both of us wanted to try and get the best deal.
Honestly, I miss this bonding time with my mom the most. I love Thanksgiving and the family time, but to be honest, Black Friday is probably the day of the year that my mom and I are the closest.
Now that said, I always feel terrible for the employees who work, but they chose to work at that place of employment, and knew what that would entail. My point is simply that Black Friday isn’t ALL bad. I remember one year a lady was in line outside Target specifically for a black friday deal on a laptop for her son who was in college. This was the only way she could afford to get him a laptop. So she braved the cold for him. That is a sign of selflessness. And while there are horror stories of mobs that can occur, what these stories also miss is the strange companionship people often form with those standing next to each other in line. If you’re in line for over an hour, there’s a good chance you’ll make a “friend”/talking buddy for awhile.
For me, Black Friday is (was) a way to get closer to my mom. I hope that there’s some good in it for everyone=] The point of this is, please don’t think you’re “above” other people by avoiding Black Friday…I’ve seen some very arrogant posts on my Facebook feed lately that make me pretty upset, because I miss this time with my mom!
<3 Happy Tuesday