A strange thing happened at the grocery store!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
DH and I went to the grocery store today after procrastinating about it for over a week. As usual, he parked at the end of the parking lot. Silly man thinks I mean it when I tell him to park way out so I can get as many steps as possible each day. It was 10 degrees at noon - I almost turned into a Grannycicle, just getting into the store. Did get some speed up crossing that big parking lot, I must admit! Both of us ran in and DH got some speed up with that grocery cart going back out while I ran ahead to get the back end of the truck open.
We did our usual shopping and talking through the store. In a small town, the market is as much for socializing as it is for picking up food. When we got to the check out stand, one of DH's classmates and his wife was in line in front of us. The discussion was about their 50th class reunion to be held in July. DH's classmate was carrying an oxygen bottle and a cane, the wife had a walker. When their groceries were bagged, DH pushed their basket out to their car parked in the handicap spot, talking every step of the way.
When he came back in, the store manager was helping to bag our groceries. The manager turned to the young check out girl and told her, "There is a lesson to be learned here today with these two couples and the groceries they've bought." We hadn't paid much attention to what the other couple bought, except saw there was quite a bit of frozen dinners, frozen pies and bakery goods. When we got home, DH asked what that comment was about.
Well - the manager wasn't referring to the Cheeto's DH had picked up. I laughed and told DH, he saw the difference in the health between you and your classmate, he saw the difference in where we parked our vehicles and he saw the difference in the foods we purchased. We had apples, oranges, banana's, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables and fresh frozen vegetables. They had canned. We had chicken breasts, lean beef, and pork tenderloin. They had frozen dinners and boxed fried chicken. Although we did have the Cheeto's, that was the only junk food. They had ice cream, donuts, frozen pie and a lot of things that really looked good while I was buying Blue Bunny Freedom yogurt and fat free Cool Whip for our baked apples! We ran across from the parking lot because it was cold - they had to park in handicap.
I think I'll prepare my own foods, I'll forego the "good stuff" in the bakery and frozen food aisles and yes - I'll run across the cold parking lot and Thank God every day that we are in the kind of health that can do that!