I ♥ Grocery Shopping

January 30, 2008, 8:00 pm; posted by
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The other day, a friend of mine was talking about “retail therapy,” which means going on a shopping spree until unhappy feelings go away. I declared that I was going to do that on Friday, and she said, “Ooh, where are you going?”

“Um. . . Wegmans,” I answered sheepishly.

“I don’t think grocery shopping counts,” she answered, but I still think it does.

I have never in my entire life been so excited to go grocery shopping. I made a list in class today of all the things I intend to buy. It was two pages long, and included such things as “cheeses” (you can never have enough cheese, and only one kind won’t do) and “ingredients for cookies,” which means any possible ingredient for cookies I could conceivably imagine in my wildest sugar-deprived dreams.

I’m ecstatic about the culinary delights that lie before me. My grandmother’s best dishes, my childhood favorites, my church’s famous potluck inventions…even a top secret recipe from Germany, for which I promised my firstborn son and daughter. Believe me, it was worth it. It was a cookie recipe.

I never thought I’d be thinking day and night about all the things I could buy at the grocery store, as if it were a stationery shop or shoe outlet. Those of you who have been college students may understand. Those of you who have been poor will understand even more. And those of you who have been both — you’ll know exactly how I feel.

But if you have never been any of the above, try spending $20 on groceries for a month and see how you feel afterwards. Suddenly the grocery store will look to you like Toys-R-Us looks to kids, a week before Christmas.


3 Comments to “I ♥ Grocery Shopping”

  1. Connie on January 31st, 2008 9:45 am

    My sister fist is raised in silent solidarity…oh yeah.

    The only thing I’d add is that I’d have the list arranged according to the store’s layout and attach a couple of coupons that correspond to that week’s sale circular -if possible. But other than that…we’re twins -separated by a couple and a half decades.

    Income tax refund perchance?

  2. Tom on January 31st, 2008 11:47 am

    If things work out with your current flame I’ll see what I can do about that trade. Because nobody, but NOBODY trades a human being with a shred of DNA in common with me (I realize that’s every human being, but for the poetic licence’s sake ignore that (and this)) for a measly recipe, regardless of its (the recipe’s, not the person’s) level of potential deliciousness. I’ll bring to bear all of my persuasiveness and charisma and not rest until I secure the release of little Olaf and Hillary. I have a feeling those child-stealers won’t be able to hold out long against Hurricane Tom.

    And I have some pull with the Germans.

  3. Erin on February 2nd, 2008 8:50 am

    And now the Wegmans trip has been completed – it’s like today is Christmas day!

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