When ordinary becomes extraordinary!

Grocery shopping. One of the ordinary necessities of life. But not now. In the ordinary pre-Covid life my husband, the cook , does most of the grocery shopping. But this time, it would be me as he has some underlying health issues. Monday morning. Up at six. The moon just setting in the west. A good omen.

The grocery store has an hour from 7am to 8am for seniors and the disabled. 7:00 am my husband drops me off. I was wearing my home made visor (To Mask or not to Mask) The four pages of shopping list was in my gloved hand. My husband was suffering from some food insecurity and we only wanted to shop once every two weeks.

Reader discretion advised! Not all the foods mentioned may be healthy choices.

I headed off to the refrigerator section and started to put in frozen juice, fresh juice, non dairy milks, yogurt, and frozen vegetables. On to the cereal section: Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and Cheerios. I was on a roll as I waltzed up and down the aisles, plonking things into my shopping cart. Tortilla chips? Salsa? Yes! Veggie sticks ? Rice cakes? Macaroni? Yes! I was really enjoying myself now. Tinned food? 4 cans of tuna! Yes! Tinned ham? Good Grief they still have those. Last time I saw tinned ham was 1962! Tinned soups? Yes! Tomato, chicken noodle, mushroom, vegetable, into the cart. Round the corner and Whoosh…. the bakery section. Four loaves of sliced bread. Done! Hot dog buns. Done! Now the fresh fruits and vegetables. Acorn squash? Two into the cart! Organic bananas? Two bunches into the cart! Potatoes, onions, apples, grapefruit and green beans into the cart! The last page on the list. Tofu? Yes! Non-dairy cheese? Yes…sliced and a block. Woo Hoo! The only thing on the list I could not find was alcohol for sanitizing. Sold out.

I was not alone. There were other senior shoppers there too and we all respected the 2 meter distancing. If someone was looking for something on a shelf a second shopper would wait and move in to the shelf only when the first shopper had left.

My cart was full to the brim and I went to the checkout where the spacing was delineated with red and circles on the floor. My cashier was well protected with Plexiglas walls around her and my groceries went onto the conveyor belt passing underneath that wall. I tapped my card for payment and thanked the cashier for coming to work. She thanked me for coming in to shop!

On the way home we made a stop at the pet food store. Kibble and biscuits for our dog were already ordered and paid for. We phoned the store, the woman came out and put the bag of pet food into the back of the car which we had opened for her.

Once we got home the process of sanitizing began. All the plastic grocery bags were put onto the floor in our garage. I took out all the groceries and placed them on one side of a table. I wiped everything with a sanitizer soaked piece of cloth and placed them onto the “cleaned” side of the table. Once that was done, my husband would take them,in a plastic box, into the house, and put them away.

That afternoon we went for a walk on a nearby trail. We are very fortunate; able to buy enough groceries to last us for two weeks easily and access to trails for walking. Extraordinarily fortunate.


9 responses to “When ordinary becomes extraordinary!”

  1. David Avatar

    It seems you bought out the supermarket, or close to it, lol. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Well it was enough to fill up the cart to the brim! 🤣


  2. Tina Schell Avatar

    Anne, I can SO relate to your tale! My husband is also our chef and grocery shopper but also has underlying health issues so I am now the designated shopper. We’re doing 2 weeks at a time and our pantry and fridge are better stocked than I think they’ve EVER been. Fortunately before this started we’d stocked up on paper towels, tissues and toilet paper so the lack of them wasn’t an issue for us. However, the senior hour shopping WAS! It was so crowded in the store we resolved never to do it again. Now we go mid-day and have the aisles all to ourselves. We too can walk outside, ride bikes and even golf. Every time I’m out I think about how very fortunate we are. Stay safe my friend!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you for this comment Tina. Perhaps seniors in our town are not such early risers so those of us who get there at 7am are few and far between in the store. And yes we are fortunate! You stay well too!


  3. Amy Avatar

    So nice to be out in the trail, Anne. Ordinary becomes extraordinary, indeed.

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  4. dprastka Avatar

    Extraordinary times, we are all truly lucky and doing our best to stay safe. Lovely post and am happy you have some beautiful trails! ❤️😍🥰

    Liked by 1 person

    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Keep on staying safe Diana and have a Happy Easter.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Gbolabo Adetunji Avatar

    I love your trail view! You are both extraordinarily lucky at this time!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      We are indeed lucky. I hope you are well and safe in your part of the world.


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