Friday night after the Plaza of Honour dinner I got home and was pleasantly surprised to find there was still one inning to play in the Blue Jays game. The better news was that the Jays were actually up 5-0 on the Angels. So I paused the TV and went into the bedroom to quietly get out of my suit, being careful not to wake my wife who was snoring up a storm. When I made it back out to the living room I noticed there was a long grocery list on the coffee table. I took a quick glance and then continued on to watch the end of the game.
The next morning my wife asked if I had noticed the list. It was hard to miss. In my absence Friday night, she had decided it was actually quite foolish to hit the grocery store everyday like I do instead of making one trip and buying everything we’d need for a week or two.
The first thing that came to mind was the list itself. I usually forget an item or two when I make my list, which actually contains 6 or 7 items. How would I make out trying to follow a list of 30-40 items? The next thing I wondered was if I was strong enough to push a full shopping cart around a grocery store. The third thing that came to mind was my socializing. I love going into my “No Frills” everyday and saying hi to everyone like Amber, the two Debbies, Catherine, Logan, Esther, Brenda, and everyone else. It’s part of my daily ritual. Oh well, my wife wants me to try it, so I’ll give it a shot.
I made it over to the grocery store the minute it opened up at 9 on Saturday morning. One of the girls noticed right away that I had a shopping cart instead of a basket. “My wife made me do it,” I sheepishly replied. By the time I got to the cashier I had read that list over and over to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. I was sure I got it all.
When I got home I suddenly noticed I had missed three items. Drats! Fortunately, the grocery store is only a block away, so I hightailed it back there and picked up the forgotten items. Actually, I was quite proud of myself for missing only 3 things!
Now comes the hard part. The grocery store withdrawals. Bye Amber. Bye Brenda. Bye Debbie. Bye the other Debbie. I’ll see you again sometime down the road. Think of me.