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Saturday, March 14, 2020
SLICE #14/31- Maybe I am getting old
I like to think that I am still flexible and open to change, except a few things have happened recently that are causing me to wonder.
The grocery store I have shopped in for the last five years, is undergoing a complete, and I mean complete renovation. Everything is in a different place than it was. And it's not having to look for things that bothers me, ok, I guess it does a little; but it's really more having to readjust my shopping patterns. One of my staples, for example, is Diet Coke. I buy a 12 pack pretty much every week. And it's always been on the far north side of the store. I start on the south side of the store, in the fruits and vegetables department, so by the time I get to the north side, my cart is full and I'm pretty much done. I grab a couple of things in the dairy department, heft the Diet Coke onto the bottom shelf of my cart, and then usually, unless I need tylenol or bandaids, I make my way to the checkout stand.
Last week, though, they moved all of the Diet Coke, and other related items to the southeast corner of the store, right beside the bread. I saw it today, but I didn't want to put it in my cart at that point in time. It was on sale, 3 twelve packs for $11. I didn't want to push the cart around with three twelve packs; first because it's heavy, and secondly because one inevitably falls off and either breaks open, so the cans roll around in the aisle, or it gets stuck under the front wheels of the cart and I have to dislodge it.
I decided I would do my shopping, then back track to pick up the Diet Coke when I was almost done. But then I forgot to backtrack. I remembered that I had forgotten while I was waiting in line, but the lines were super long, and I had already waited fifteen minutes, and I didn't want to start all over again. I decided, then, that I would stop back by the store, or maybe another store, tomorrow.
I was bummed because I wanted to cross grocery shopping off my list. And now I can't. Because I didn't quite finish.
I don't think I am quite as flexible as I would like to believe.
Maybe I am getting old...
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I get it--some things just seem like such a hassle. I love the way you describe all the ins and outs of the shopping excursion. I've been there. :)
Some habits are just hard to break. I know it is frustrating when they move things around and it changes our shopping patterns. I don't think this has anything to do with getting older...maybe just not liking change!
Unless it's on my list, it doesn't end up in the cart. Hubby asked me to get some chlorox as I headed to the store this morning. Guess who forgot to get Chlorox? Store reorganizations are the worst. By the time we readjust to the new layout, they're ready to mix things up again.
Well, there’s no maybe about it for me... getting old. Thankfully, I still like learning new things... but that doesn’t mean I like changing habits!
Rearranging our shopping patterns tests us for sure. You're not getting old, perhaps you just don't like to be inefficient.
I'm going to guess you were preoccupied rather than old. I don't know...the older I get, the older "old" is!
I hear you! I don't find that I'm super flexible with my grocery shopping either. I know where things are and I need them to be in their places! Hopefully the renovation will be really great and you'll get used to the new locations quiclky.
Don’t get me started on the “new” King Soopers Marketplace by my house. ( I think it may be 3-4 years old now.😂) I hope you got your Diet Coke!
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