A funny thing happened on the way to the grocery store, I realized that I was making the trip alone.
This was a foreign feeling to me. It was so strange to be inside a store, free to think and look around. Free to consider prices, ingredients, and potential menu items.
There was no demand to plow forward up and down aisles, maniacally grabbing any and all items that appear to be on sale. I will generally select anything in my path advertised as a buy one, get one free sale. This is, of course, how my family came to own not one but TWO hand-operated flour sifters.
During a typical shopping trip I imagine that an aerial mapping of my shopping patterns would resemble the arrival and departure routes of a major metropolitan airport. I weave in and out of aisles, my only goal to stay as close to the middle as possible, thus minimizing the ability of the children to add any assortment of unneeded items to the basket.
I have been known to get to the checkout to find a can of artichoke hearts, a box of salt-free crackers, and it is not unheard of for me to unknowingly aid and abet my little shoplifters in the smuggle of check-out aisle goodies carried out to the car unpaid.
On this particular day however, none of this happened.
I. was. alone.
I wandered over to the cleaning aisle only to find thousands of choices for carpet stain removal. After spending a significant amount determining the price point value versus the environmental impact of said cleaning products I realized that all this freedom may not be a good thing.
Did you know that the cashiers will sometimes talk to you as you check out? I had no idea. I am usually busy hurling items to be purchased onto the conveyor belt, trying desperately to remember...something????...important?????....what was it?????
Did you know that the baggers give you a choice? Paper or plastic? I have never been given a choice, I rarely even have a bagger. They are usually scared away by my brood of screaming, squawking children.
Did you know that there are shoppers who bring their own bags? Neatly folded reusable bags individually stored in one main bag. Who are these people?? Oh yeah...they are the people who shop without children.
I learned a few things from my adventure in solo grocery shopping.