No matter whether you enjoy shopping at Walmart or you avoid it, Walmart is part of the American landscape. In this episode Maria explains what Walmart is and the products it offers. Then she tells a story about a couple who celebrated a wedding anniversary in this superstore.
59 Walmart, an American icon –
Hey there. Have you heard of the big American store called Walmart? I love shopping at Walmart and I’m going to tell you why. So, sit back, relax, listen, and just try to understand as much as you can.
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What is Walmart? Walmart is a big, large American superstore. What do I mean when I say superstore? A superstore is a large store where you can buy many different items.
For example, Walmart has groceries, that is food you can buy to prepare and eat. Walmart also has clothes for men, women, children, babies……shoes, of course. Walmart has rugs, fabric or material for sewing, cleaning supplies. You can buy camping equipment and bicycles. They have TVs, televisions, cell phones, picture frames, kitchen equipment, many different types of items that they sell, that you can buy. We call that ‘one-stop shopping’.
What do I buy at Walmart? I don’t buy much food. I don’t buy my groceries there, but I do buy clothes. Yes, the clothes are good and the prices for everything are low. And now that I’m not teaching full time in a classroom, I have to be careful with my money.
So, I buy, I buy probably half of my clothes at Walmart and I’m pleased. I’m pleased with the quality as well as the prices. The prices are low.
What else do I buy? We have lots of birds in our yard, so I buy bird seed. Walmart has a garden and yard section, so I buy my bird seed. I buy plants in the spring, summer and fall. In the plant section, the garden center, you can get furniture for outside like for a patio you can get lots of things.
What else? I think that’s about it. I don’t have my medicine prescriptions filled at Walmart. They have a pharmacy. I don’t buy my glasses for reading. Though, they have an optical shop. They have lots of, lots of different items.
Where is Walmart? Walmart is all over. Walmart is in every single state of the 50 states. In my small city of Huntsville, Alabama, there are six different Walmarts. Can you believe that!?
Walmart is located around the world, in many other countries. Though, sometimes Walmart has a different name. But it’s still a big mega store owned by the company.
How long has Walmart been around? Good question. There was a man named Sam Walton. He lived in Arkansas. And in 1950, that’s 69 years ago, he bought an existing store, a store that was already built and he named it ‘Waltons’. Sam Walton….Waltons! And he did a good business. He did a good trade. He made money and people were pleased.
And in 1962 he and his family created the company that they named Walmart. And they started to open up new stores, big stores, not small like the first ‘Waltons’. And today there are over 11,000 big stores owned by Walmart all over the world.
Some people say they don’t like Walmart. They even make fun of Walmart. They joke about Walmart. I don’t know why. I think Walmart is great. I like going to Walmart. I talk to the sales clerks and they like working there. I talk to other customers like me in line when I’m waiting to check out. They like shopping at Walmart too. So, I don’t know why people make fun of Walmart.
But I want to end this episode with a story that I think you’re going to enjoy. There is a couple who have been married for 10 years. The wife’s name is Tammy and the husband’s name is Jerome. They live here in Alabama, not that far from Huntsville where I live. They met each other, they started talking to each other 11 years ago when they were buying something and they were standing in line. They got to chatting back and forth. They obviously liked each other because a year later they were married.
So, now this month, December, 2019 they’ve been married for 10 years. And they wanted to celebrate their anniversary in a special way. So, one night an interesting idea came to Tammy in the middle of the night. When she woke up, she told Jerome,
“Jerome, I have a great idea about how you and I can celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. How about if we go back to ‘our’ Walmart, the Walmart where we met 11 years ago? How about if we go back there and have a renewal of our wedding vows, our commitment to one another? We can bring our children, we can invite our friends. And whoever is shopping, whoever’s working there, they can be present as well. What do you think, Jerome?”
Jerome wasn’t too sure about that, but he finally said,
“Okay, honey, if that’s what you want.”
And that’s what they did. They invited some friends.
They brought their children. They got permission from Walmart. And they told their friends and family who were going to come,
“Don’t bring us any gifts. Instead bring an unwrapped toy for a poor child because it’s almost Christmas. And there are families who live around here who don’t have the money to buy Christmas presents for their children.”
So, that’s what people did. The customers who were shopping were startled, but they watched and they enjoyed seeing Tammy and Jerome renew, recommit to each other.
And Tammy and Jerome were not the people to have a celebration like that at a Walmart. There have been other couples that have gotten married at Walmart.
So you see, Walmart is not only a great place to buy items at good prices, but it’s part of the community. It’s part of American culture.
Do you have a favorite store where you live? Tell me about it. Leave me a comment in the video …below this video.
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Well, that’s it for this episode. I’m Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time.
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