Because the refrigerator shelves were empty.
Because there would be seven extra mouths to feed.
Because there must always be bananas and cheese to make my world go round.
Because there was a new Aldi in Forest Lake.
Because Aldi is like crack for the cheap grocery maven.
Because there are double seated carts.
Because I have two babies and a three year old.
Because the three year old has laughing blue eyes, and is the very definition of mischievous.
Because we needed fruit, and bread, and things to make the guests feel at home.
Because the cart was close to overflowing.
Because the babies started shrieking.
Because big sister had to use the bathroom.
Because twice. In five minutes.
Because tandem screams in tiled hallways are louder.
Because we had to leave before the entire store gave us the evil eye.
Because we unloaded the cart, item by item.
Because I reached for my debit card, only to find it missing.
Because Aldi doesn’t take credit cards. Or checks.
Because I stood still, calculating my losses in terms of time, card, groceries, naps.
Because there were four people in line behind me.
Because one was an angel.
Because she had mercy in her wallet and it paid for my groceries.
Because I wrote her a check with shaky, grateful hands.
Because she asked if I needed any extra help.
Because that question is like chocolate ice cream in August.
Because we loaded up the groceries in canvas bags.
Because I buckled in my girls, then searched the van for my missing card.
Because I wanted a piece of gum.
Because there was my card, tucked behind the spearmint.
Because a mischievous someone proclaimed that it FIT!
Because grace has to laugh instead of cry.
Because Love is always on the lookout for those in need.
Because God, rich in mercy, first loved us.