We arrive at a Walmart in Brunswick
As we always do when we park, we put up our screen on the front window. Daniel gets some cash and the kids all get their shoes on to go inside with him to pick up a few items we need. Immediately, a security truck pulls up alongside us. Daniel goes outside to speak with them.
The woman is visibly angry and informs him that we can’t put that on the window during the day. The audacity of us! It’s a strange interaction. Daniel lets them know that we’re only popping in to get some things then we will be staying at the Cracker Barrel along the road, and asks if we can just leave it on?
Absolutely not is the answer: they need to see that we are inside the vehicle and not abandoning it. We are welcome to stay overnight they inform us, and once the sun goes down (in about an hour) we are allowed to put it on. I can’t help but wonder if they make car drivers remove theirs also.
Daniel dutifully comes back inside, removes it, takes the kids into the store and returns with the groceries. We have a cup of tea (our first in two days!) then head along to Cracker Barrel, where we have a nice dinner and make a game plan for the next day. We discover there is a farmer’s market on Thursdays- perfect! Once the kids are all asleep we relax for a bit then get ready for bed.
Literally the moment our heads touch the pillows (just before midnight) a LOUD machine starts up right outside the Hoose! There’s no way to sleep through it so we put on an episode of Star Trek and wait it out. After about an hour it turns off, the workers leave- thank God- and we lie down again. Daniel falls asleep but it takes me a while to wind down. Finally, sleep comes over me.
Morning arrives bright and early, and we get ready for the market. I’m in a positive mood today and I feel good vibes here in Brunswick. We drive the ten minutes to the downtown area to check things out. The kids see a train right across from our parking space and get a honk for love! The farmer’s market today is one man selling pizza. There are seven students on a ship and 3 homeless men which is why maps said ‘busier than usual’. We take the kids to the park and have a blast! They dig for grubs, climb, swing and Grace is amazing at the monkey bars! She even tries some gymnastics on the lower bars.
We go to the Hoose for lunch and find Daniel has been moved on by a worker in the bank, but he determinedly heads back out to find another spot.
After a few hours he returns with 7 dollars. There is a bit of a dinner ‘rush’ so I decide to go out at 5 to see if I can make another 7. Apparently it gets busy on Friday night and remains steady through the weekend- fingers crossed!
I have a really enjoyable time and return with 40 dollars! Chuffed, we go get some groceries and settle in for the night. Thank you Brunswick!