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The Great Watermelon Stampede of ’17

Did you know there are 53 watermelons in that giant, super-sturdy cardboard bin at Costco? Did you know if your 5 year old aims carefully and hits the giant super-sturdy cardboard bin full of watermelons with the corner of the pretty-big, apparently-even-sturdier-than-the-cardboard-bin shopping cart, the giant, super-sturdy cardboard bin will magically split open?

Did you know when the bin splits open 48 of the 53 watermelons will make a run for it? Did you know the watermelons will quickly scatter in all directions like children do when you announce it’s time to clean out the garage?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley The Great Watermelon Stampede of ’17 ShoppingDid you know your 14 year old will look at the 8 watermelons still remaining in the not-as-sturdy-as-you-thought cardboard bin and remark to you, “I guess those guys have a case of the L.A.Z.Y., huh, mom?”? Did you know your kids will remember, right in the middle of any watermelon-based, embarrassing, public fiasco, you told them they had a case of the L.A.Z.Y. three days ago, but will not remember you told them to keep an eye on their 5 year old brother three minutes ago?

Did you know your kids will ask why their 5 year old brother needs watching anyway, since “We’re in Costco. What could he possibly break?”? Did you know your kids could make you roll your eyes so hard you’d nearly do a backflip? Did you know one 5 year old could cause a watermelon stampede in the two minutes it takes you to dash down the aisle to grab a 5lb bag of shredded cheese?

Did you know some watermelons are in such great shape they can roll nearly all the way to the registers in the front of Costco before they are tackled and retrieved by a 5 year old or tripped over by his dad? Did you know there is no box to check on the form at the urgent care center to indicate your husband sustained a hip injury due to a watermelon accident?

Did you know people will look at you like you’re crazy when you squeeze between them in hot pursuit of one of the large, green, surprisingly-quick fruits, hollering, “Stop that watermelon!”? Did you know, just like during pursuits in a movie, people will stare and do nothing to impede the escape of your quarry, or any of his 47 friends?

Did you know it’s very hard to pretend you don’t know the 5 year old who caused The Great Watermelon Stampede of ’17 when he keeps following you around the store, calling you “Mommy”, and asking “Did you see how far that big one rolled?”?

Did you know, while you are on a search-and-rescue mission for AWOL watermelons on the toilet paper aisle, your 15 year old will remind you he caused The Bicycle Display Tsunami of ’07 and his sister caused The Coffee Grinder Explosion of ’12 in that very same Costco?

Did you know they really should be more careful about who they let into that store?

Laugh all about it!


Any shopping avalanches in your life lately? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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4 Responses
  • Eli@CoachDaddy
    August 28, 2017

    These are the moments, aren’t they, Gina? They really should enshrine your children for their feats of greatness/creation of classic stories that occurred in their store. One of my kids caused the Great Wine Bottle Bash of ’07 in the back aisle of a Harris Teeter. (Shh. They never caught her.)

    • gina valley
      November 14, 2017

      I don’t know that they will ever enshrine my children, but they would be wise (and more profitable!) to ban them!
      Good to know that mine are not the only children leaving destruction in their wake! Lol!

  • Joey
    August 31, 2017

    I did not know that the watermelon corral could be compromised. I think they might need to put bumpers on those things. Or warning signs.

    Our worst grocery mishap involves the time my daughter was “touching all of the bananas” during a vacation snack run at Trader Joe in Washington DC. She was not in fact touching “all” of the bananas, but my husband gets insanely cranky when he’s over tired. Now every time my daughter and I walk through the produce department we yell “stop touching all the bananas” at each other. It’s completely normal walmart behavior.

    • gina valley
      November 14, 2017

      I didn’t realize a watermelon corral could be compromised, either. Just another thing my children have taught me!!!

      Now I am going to hear “Stop touching all of the bananas!!!” running through my mind every time I see bananas! Lol!