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2016-06-22 / Opinions

Wandering the aisles

Loose Ends
Susan Nienow

Just this week I finally went with a friend to explore the new grocery store in town. We may have been the last females this side of the James to take a tour. To be honest we actually went for lunch and didn’t go up and down every aisle.

My favorite part was the flower department. I know most people go to grocery stores for food and other household supplies, but I don’t. Since I don’t do any of the cooking, I don’t do the grocery shopping either. That’s a good thing. Those two tasks should be done by the same person.

I checked out the flowers and the miniature rose bushes and picked out an air plant. I just have to give it a misting twice a week and then put it back in its bowl – the perfect pet. And, to be honest, I also checked out the bakery. Those tarts and cheesecakes were works of art, but I resisted.

The magazines at the checkout counter are a good gauge of a grocery store for me. Some stores carry the tabloids and magazines with celebrity news. I like gardening and landscaping magazines and jewelry magazines. They aren’t commonly found in grocery stores.

One important fact about many grocery stores today is that I need a good pair of walking shoes to visit any of them. I would need a GPS, but they are all rectangular and I can find my way out by following a wall.

Raised in the generation of girls who were not allowed to go out of the house with curlers in our hair, I now know I will run into three people I hardly ever see if I go to the store in old clothes and no makeup. So every trip is an event at least worthy of earrings and lipstick.

I recall someone saying I should never go to the grocery store hungry. Once, back when I was doing the cooking and desperate to get that weekly shopping done, I went to the store hungry. So I ate one of the bananas in the bunch I was buying. When I reached the checkout, I had the girl weigh the bananas then I tore one off and had her weigh that one, too.

The clerk looked at me like I was crazy. Apparently eating a banana in the grocery store is a frequent event, usually ending with the shopper not paying for the banana. Today I would rather have one of those fancy cheesecakes than a banana.

It’s a good thing I don’t do the shopping, actually. I would treat myself to a fancy, low-fat, no-whip coffee since I couldn’t buy a new gardening magazine. And maybe flowers or a plant. I am at the stage of life where I can’t afford to treat myself with food, just very low-calorie things.

I will continue to regularly check out the grocery stores now that they are carrying fascinating flowers.

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