I always do my grocery shopping on Saturday mornings, before the crowds arrive. I really hate shopping in a crowded environment. Every time I do that, it really feels like every thing, every human being, in fact the entire shopping mall conspires to set up obstacles for me and make my life a chaotic and miserable hell.
When I was doing my last minute grocery shopping last night, I had this scene from the movie 300 playing along in my head in parallel as I was
pushing trying to push my shopping cart up and down the aisles.
Of course, the dialog are slightly modified for the predicament that I was in..
Me: Run along, get lost so that I can buy chicken and broccoli, before I go crazy with impatience.
Imaginary auntie: No.. not chicken. My mom will buy the chicken.. His son, her daughter, even their grandmother will buy the broccoli! But not you. By closing time later, you will go home empty handed.. A thousand toddlers of the mommy empire descend upon you! Our trolleys will blot out your path (to the chicken and broccoli)!
Me: Then I will buy okra and fish..
It’s true. Last night, I just wanted to buy chicken and broccoli. But as I was pushing the shopping cart along, I just could not make my way to those items. Every turn I make, there will inevitably be little children running around in front of my cart, forcing me to stop and wait. Either that, or some morons decided to park their carts in front of me and take their own sweet time to look at grapes or sweet potatoes, forcing me to turn another way. By the time I reached the chicken section, an auntie snatched the last box of chicken breast. Then a dating couple and an elderly woman grabbed the last two of the fresh looking broccoli right in front of me.
Frustrated to the max after 10 minutes of squeezing around, I just grabbed the pack of okra that was staring me in the face, then turned back to grab a packet of frozen dory fillet and got the hell out of AEON’s supermarket.
These won’t last me the entire week. I guess I will have to make do with eating out again for a few dinners. Shucks!