Pothole Grapes

I have written before about the length of time it takes me to shop for groceries due to the time spent visiting with various folks throughout the store. I have shared my recent experience with friends and decided that it would be great to write a blog post about.

Three different friends stopped to chat with me last week. After picking up the essentials I made my way through the cash and walked out to the parking lot. This is where things got interesting. I had spent so much time in the store that I had forgotten the carefully noted landmark as to the place my car was parked. As I walked between two vehicles in the general direction; I hoped of my car; another driver decided to drive into the parking spot I was walking through. Trying not to impede this lady I pulled to the side of the space and hit a pothole with the grocery cart. I pulled hard on the cart to avoid hitting the car parked to my right. This sudden jolt caused one of my bags of groceries to take a header off the cart and spilled my carefully selected food into the pothole. Frustrated I began to re-pack my groceries while the driver waited, I hope patiently; oh who cares, for me to get out of her desired parking spot. My grapes had spilled out of their bag and some had to be discarded, the balance would need an extra wash at home. Once I moved she rolled down her window and told me that she was going to warn me that my grocery bag was in danger of falling but was afraid that I would feel rushed. Really……..

I was still looking for my car and decided to resort to pulling out my keys and beeping my car. Lo and behold my keys were not in my pocket nor in my purse. No car,no keys but I had my cell phone; however I was not ready to call the ‘old guy’to admit that I had lost not only my keys but also my car.

Finally I saw my car and hurried over thinking I might see the keys inside and still have to call for a spare set of keys to arrive but at least I knew where the car was at this point. Once more I searched my pockets; where I normally put them when shopping, and then took everything out of my purse and still no keys. Then a memory flashed through my head and I remembered beeping the car when going into the store to confirm I had locked it. Now, knowing that I had the keys outside of the car I stopped to think and had a light bulb moment. I reached down into my spare grocery bags and there they were waiting to be retrieved; like some wonderful treasure.  I never put my keys there but for some strange reason that is what happened. I loaded up my groceries, started the car and drove home. No way was I taking a chance on another brain fart moment.

After telling my friend about this experience I offered her a few of my ‘pothole’ grapes and for some reason she declined. No sense of adventure I guess.

Social Event

There is no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store when you live in a small town. Not only do you know the staff but also most of the customers. On a recent snowy day I found more than the usual number of folks stopping for a visit. Aisles were crowded as shoppers caught up on the latest news in the community. Snatches of conversation were heard as I navigated the store. I suppressed a smile when I heard my last name mentioned. A gentleman was rehashing a letter to the editor in the recent paper. The writer was a cousin of the ‘old guy’. I was tempted to add my own comments but was able to keep moving and let the conversation unfold between these three people. The big topic rotated around plans from the council to turn a local park beside the river into a boat launch. This plan is generating a lot of discussion in the community.

Today I managed to avoid being part of the traffic jam and only waved a quick hello to fellow shoppers.

After picking out my weekly groceries I arrived at the busy check out and resigned to have to wait in a long line but I heard a voice say “I can take someone over here.” Quick as a bunny I whirled about and won the coveted spot of first in line and I accomplished this without knocking over any other shoppers. The cashier was a long time acquaintance and we chatted about the weather as she scanned my purchases. The temperature has taken a plunge and the sweet winter we have been enjoying is now cold and snowy; at least for a couple of days. The Canal Bash is planned for this weekend and while the canal will be frozen for skating it may be dangerously cold for the revellers.

A trip to the grocery store is a necessity but quickly becomes a social event. I wouldn’t have it any other way.