I had the opportunity to shop for Peptol-Bismol the other day, as Allison had a stomach thing going on on Monday Morning. I realized that the last time I had purchased Peptol Bismol was sometime when Allison was in kindergarten. It has, in her world, lasted a lifetime. We didn't give Peptol before Kindergarten (if I remember correctly), and so she has been working off the same bottle for 12 years. I imagine that the expiration date was passed long before we finished it, but who checks these things? Once I've purchased something, unless it is in the refrigerator, it lasts till it's gone. At any rate, we were out of the pink stuff and I wanted to be a better mother than I had been at 6 AM, when I just said "NO, we don't have any", and went back to sleep. At some point during the day, I remembered that she had asked me a question, but for the life of me I couldn't remember what it was. I asked her after she arrived home from school, and after I got the answer, I vowed to remember to pick some up at the store, even though her stomach ache was gone. At least in the future I'd be more prepared. I stopped off at the dollar general store, which is different from a dollar store. We have a number of dollar stores here in Fulton County, and it does require some translation for the uninitiated. A YANKEE dollar store, is a dollar store that actually charges a dollar for everything in the store. Yes, everything is $1. No exceptions unless they are for lesser amounts (such as 2 for $1). It gets tricky for those who don't know the lingo. A DOLLAR GENERAL store means that everything is GENERALLY a dollar. Sometimes items can be many dollars, but GENERALLY they are less than $10. If an item's value is more than $10, it doesn't really belong in any kind of dollar store, does it? But I digress.
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