By the way, this store is only a short block away, I have a big stoop outside the entrance of my building and the store aisles are so narrow that I save the stroller for big trips only. Just in case you're wondering why I choose to have Eliza walk beside me.
But then there are days like today when Eliza stays with me throughout the store, obediently puts objects down when I tell her too and some one else breaks a glass jar nearby. Today, Eliza stood beside me and chatted to the cashiers, thoroughly charming them as I checked out. Always wanting to be the helpful one, Eliza insisted on carrying the basket back to the store entrance where she placed it with the other baskets.
It was a lovely excursion. If only she'd eaten the dinner I'd prepared afterwards and would go to bed without a fight.