We were completely out of milk.
Galaxy had about one more day of dog food.
And so I went to King Soopers, where I shop pretty much every week.
And where there was a massacre last Monday.
I don't shop at the King Soopers in Boulder,
that's about thirty minutes away from me,
but I shop at the branch in my neighborhood.
Today, I walked in the door, and saw the front manager holding a sign about how to contribute to a fund for the victims. It had all ten names listed on it. And I thought about the 25-year-old front end manager that was gunned down last week. Some reports said it looked like she was trying to lock the doors when she was shot.
I saw a dad shopping with two preschoolers,
and a mom with a baby that looked pretty young.
And I thought about parents, shopping with their children in Boulder last week.
I wonder whether those little ones will ever be able to walk into a grocery store again.
I saw an elderly woman shopping with someone who I assumed was her daughter
She had an oxygen tank in.a bag over her shoulder.
I thought about all of the times I have taken my mom to the grocery store.
She uses a walker and doesn't move very fast.
And I wondered what we would have done
if something had happened.
In the back of the store,
just to the left of where I picked up my gallon of milk,
there was a door with a big orange sign,
"Emergency Exit only,"
I don't remember seeing that sign before,
and I wondered if it was there last week.
The guy who checked me out today was pretty grumpy,
he told me no, I couldn't leave my thirty pound bag of dog food
under the cart, I needed to put it on the belt,
the checkers usually tell you not to worry, they will take care of it,
I wondered what he was thinking about,
maybe he didn't want to bend over,
or be in a position where he couldn't see everything.
And the baggers- one of the women killed was a Special Olympian--
she had worked at the store for more than thirty years.
As I walked out, I noticed the security guard,
He was wearing mirrored glasses, and you couldn't see his eyes.
I wonder what he would have done
in the situation last week.
Today I went to the grocery store,
I wonder if it will ever be the same again.