We are supposed to be in the path of the big blizzard that is predicted to move across the country today and Wednesday.
I first heard about it on Saturday in an e-mail from a friend who has connections to the National Weather Service. So, I went to the grocery to get some blizzard food that afternoon. Business at the grocery was pretty normal; I guess most people hadn’t heard about the storm yet. I admit I felt slightly superior that I had prepared before the milk-and-bread-before-the-storm masses descended.
Well, best laid plans (and pride cometh before the fall!) … Yesterday afternoon as I heard more and more about the storm that was coming, I thought of just a couple more things that we really ought to have. I guess my memories of being low on staples during the Blizzard of ’78 may have lead to a little bit of provision paranoia. So, I made just one more quick trip to the grocery.
Holy cow! It was packed! But the upside of shopping shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowded grocery is that I ran into a couple of people I knew. (“And actually it was a very courteous crowd, so not at all unpleasant.”, said the retiree who admittedly doesn’t have all the pressures that most of the shoppers probably have.)
First I ran into a young father from our church who has four teens at his house, including three boys. I immediately noticed that compared to the overflowing carts all around us, Kevin was just carrying a loaf of bread and some lunch meat. I couldn’t resist teasing him saying that knowing the size of his family I didn’t think he was buying quite enough. He fell right in with the joke. He said he decided it was time to toughen those guys up. A couple days of bread and water would do alot of good for their toughness. Kevin is always fun to talk to. And I’m guessing his wife had already stocked their cupboards earlier.
Then I ran into my friend Marilyn in the produce section. She was hurrying to finish her shopping and said she was so glad to see me because she was in a hurry and was picking up the ingredients for the salad I had posted last week, so where the heck was the broccoli slaw? I pointed out the rainbow slaw that I had used because an employee had told me that is what the broccoli slaw they sell is called. It’s always nice to feel needed. Hope you got everything you need for the salad, Marilyn!
Okay. I didn’t manage to avoid the last minute, hurried grocery shopping after all. But actually my last minute trip was kind of fun. That’s one of the advantages of retirement … having time to stop to smell the roses, or in this case, actually see the fun in a before-the-storm trip to the crowded grocery store.
For everyone else in the path of the storm, I hope you’re able to do as we will do … stay in, stay warm, stay safe and stay fed!