Number 12 Was My Favorite Aisle
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I have been reminiscing about my favorite grocery store all day...
(I need to get out of the house more)
Anyway I've been thinking about the grocery store today and how in a strange way I was really connected to it, especially growing up.
I thought about the produce guy who was a friend of my grandparents (he and my grandpa were in "the lodge" together). He was THE vegetable & fruit man. His picture hung over the swinging door that lead to the storeroom and he had a way with the sprayer that nary a drop of water ever fell to the floor.
His name was Pinky.
Pinky was a proud man. He stood about 5'3" and always wore a tie under his green apron. He sometimes forgot to wear a shirt (too many unwashed apples) but he never forgot a tie. Pinky loved to talk about the latest "in season" vegetable, the exotic locations that the fruits were shipped in from (like Sacramento) and how he held the grapefruit stacking record for 6 and 1/4 years...until, he liked to say, he "was robbed at Nationals in '74!"
I thought about how each Thanksgiving, my grandmother would take me, my brother, and my cousin to pick our turkey. We would find our frozen Butterball and then take it to the checkout lane.
And then we would have our picture taken. In line. With the cashier. Posing with the turkey.
I thought about standing by the front door of the grocery store in my gold double knit polyester band uniform (in the afternoon, in Florida, in the middle of August) trying to collect enough money for NEW gold double knit polyester band uniforms.
I thought about the first time I got sent to the grocery store by myself (I was eight) for a head of lettuce for "Taco Night" and came home with broccoli. "Taco Night" was never the same again. Broccoli and refried beans made a terrible combination...
I thought about the second time I got sent to grocery store by myself (I was thirteen, I guess they figured I could tell my foods apart by then) for a pound of hamburger and got distracted by the display of Tiger Beat magazines and ended up buying the one with "Shaun Cassidy's Favorite Love Songs of All Times!" on the cover. No meatloaf that night but I knew what song to play on the 8-track if he ever stopped by...
Which brings me to this...since I can't shop at my favorite grocery store from childhood, and that kinda makes me a little sad, why not have a giveaway!
so here's the giveaway...
(1) $25 VISA gift card
(sorry no picture this time)
go to the grocery store and make some memories...
maybe have your picture taken next to the coffee bean grinder...
here's what you need to do...just leave a comment to the question below (just one comment per person please, and if you leave a potty mouth comment a.k.a. something inappropirate, it'll get deleted) and when time is up, I'll ask Pinky to pick a number...no, wait...he's practicing his stacking for this year's Nationals...I'll just pick a number out of my recycled grocery bag...
and here's the question...
"what kind of shopper are you?"
do you run in and run out?
take your time and visit with folks?
coupons or no coupons?
Giveaway ends on Saturday, April 17th at 11:00 p.m.