April 06, 2013
My wife, Vasiliki, was a little under the weather during the recent snow storm and requested that I go shopping for some grocery necessities. Being the obedient husband, I agreed. But I have to admit that I rarely go to the grocery store alone; usually I accompany my wife. My main duty is to push the cart and reach items on the top shelf for her because she is height challenged. She put a detailed list together for me that even included the prices of the items that were on sale so I could check to make sure that the grocer would charge me the correct amount. She also gave me explicit instructions that I was not to add to the list and make any impulse decisions about other items that struck my fancy. She gets a little unnerved when I blow the food budget on unhealthy junk food. I put the list inside my jacket, braved the weather, and drove to the grocery store.
As I entered the store, I'm sure an alarm sounded like a scene from the old television show, Lost In Space, with the robot waving his arms and shouting a warning to Will and his family that an alien was approaching (One can still see reruns of this show on ME TV). I must have had a bewildered expression on my face or, as they say, "a deer in the headlights" look, as a young girl who was sweeping the aisles came to my rescue and asked if she could assist me. I showed her the list, and she pointed out the aisles where everything was located. She even went and picked up a few of the items for me. Even with her assistance, I was totally confused when I finally found the spice section. Was ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks the same thing, and what in the world is paprika? It obviously left me scratching my head. Sugar and spice and everything nice may be what little girls are made of, but that sure was of no assistance to me.
Well, the young lady assisted me, and I finally got all of the items with only one major mistake. The frozen burritos I purchased were the extra spicy and not of the mild variety. I would have done great if the list included anything from the chips and pop aisles or even the meat section. I guess I will pay better attention in the future when I accompany my wife on her grocery expeditions. It may make my life a little easier the next time I venture into a place where no man has gone before.
The following Library resources may have assisted me if I had the foreknowledge to check:
- Shopping with Dad by Matt Harvey
- Grocery Shopping: It’s in the Bag by John Burstein
- Lost in the Supermarket (an Electronic Resource from Cambridge Educational)
Platte City Branch