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Adventures in Grocery Shopping

I went to the grocery store this morning. Because I am a small child and require everything to be entertaining, I sometimes think of my grocery shopping as my hunting and gathering. It sounds much more interesting. I hunted down that organic apple juice. I harvested that squash from the bin. Sometimes, when I want something out of the ordinary, it is a bit of a hunt as I try to figure out the ten most logical places for the item in question to hide.

It’s a game, of course. But I think it does actually help me keep connected to the essentials of life. So often I think about the food and clothes and shelter as the stuff to get out of the way so I can live my life instead of recognizing that those things are life. If I can’t stop and enjoy that it is warm in this room and cold outside, if I don’t notice that my breakfast eggs are smooth and brown, if I don’t wiggle my toes in my shoes from time to time, how can I be sure I’m alive?

It’s a day to be joyful in small things. And, maybe, to get a few big things done, too.


Oct. 13th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I like food shopping. For us, it's a family adventure. It's especially good if you go someplace with a lot of samples. Having a baby gives you an excuse to break open a few boxes while you're still shopping, too. If you think and talk about going to the supermarket like you do about going to the park or the zoo, it's just as much fun. Well, maybe not as much fun as the zoo, but at least you get to eat and not get eaten.
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Absolutely right...
Adventure is where you find it! (Sometimes those samples can require a certain sense of adventure!!!) The downside of grocery shopping with kids is the mysterious items that turn up in the cart and attempt to come home with us...



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