24 December, 2018. It’s Christmas Eve and I have one gift left to pick up. The store has called to let me know it has finally arrived – yes, with only one day left to go. I have qualms about heading out to a shopping area on the day before Christmas. Will I have to slog my way through crowded streets, weave through throngs of shoppers in search of last minute purchases?
Thus, I leave early, arriving before the stores open, and – hopefully! – before others arrive. This way I can sketch a little, walk a little, pick up my gift item as the store opens, and then swoop out toward home as the masses are arriving.
The plan is successful… whew!