Grocery Shopping with the KoD

We hardly ever do a large grocery shop together. By large I mean enough to feed my boys for a week. This is partly because when the KoD comes up (which isn’t that often due to work and kid constraints) it’s for a brief weekend and I don’t want to spend a couple of hours doing groceries where we could be spending quality time together as a couple / family. Plus when I go to NY we don’t have that much time either…

So, I was thrilled when the KoD asked if he could come with me to go grocery shopping this morning. I had planned to take full advantage of the fact that I have a car at my disposal. (My van, oh how I missed my van). But of course I welcomed the company. I was worried that shopping while fasting would be a no-no for him, but he wasn’t phased.

Ladies, why is it that men get so easily distracted in a grocery store? Men, why? Why did my usual shop take almost twice as long this time? I am walking along the aisle piling stuff into my cart, carrying on a conversation with the KoD, and more than once I realized I was talking to myself, he was lost somewhere down the previous aisle checking out some food item he hadn’t previously seen.

Now, food IS his business so I guess we can reason that he was doing market research, but from my experience, many men seem to get lost in the supermarket. Or take a long time. Or buy things that are not on the list but seemed like a good idea at the time and then it sits languishing on the bottom shelf of the pantry behind the maraschino cherries. I can zip through the grocery store in 45 minutes, still find time to check out the new items (they have Tabachnik broths in stock now. Looks good for cooking with) and check out. I don’t stand there for hours feeling each plum for softness, or knocking on twenty different melons to see if they are ripe. (Not that I am saying KoD did this….but anyone could have theoretically).

However, all tongue-in-cheek griping aside, the awesome KoD did not let me lift a finger to put the items on the cashier’s conveyor belt, nor did he let me shlepp even one item up to our apartment. A total gentleman all the way. He would have shlepped all the bags to the car, except that our store has a car order service, where you pull up in your vehicle, give them the ticket, and they put your bags, that they packed up in the store, in the trunk for you, for free. Spoiled, totally spoiled.

So we are sitting there, in my van, waiting for the guy to pack up the trunk, and the KoD casually asks me if I had ever had a problem with the car order, them giving me someone else’s stuff or items being missing etc. I told him I never had a problem although Z! could tell him a story or two. It’s interesting the conversations that God appears to be listening to with extra attention. Not two minutes later, we realize they were searching for something inside the car order bay where all the orders wait. They had lost one of our bags. The guy asks me for our receipt, and proceeds to go through all the bags they had in the bay. Eventually they found it, the grocery packer had neglected to put a tag on it, and somehow it ended up with all the delivery bags. First time ever that had happened to me. Of course I blamed it all on the KoD (we do joke around a lot)….but the main thing is we arrived home with our grocery order intact.

I am so loving having him here. The kids do too. There is a spring in my step, and a huge smile on my face. I feel complete.

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  1. Mark says:

    Men, why?

    … Guldens mustard, let’s see 16 oz. for $1.49 … yeah, we need some mustard, let’s get it … wait … what do we have here? AHA, there is a 24 oz. jar as well, and it’s $2.19 … I wonder if the 24 oz. jar is more worthwhile … let’s see … 9 … uh, uh … ok, 5 left … hmmm, now let’s check the 24 oz one … oh wait, was it the 24 oz. one that I just did … forget it, let’s start over … so let’s see where were we… 9 … 3 left. Hey wait a second, my cellphone has a calculator! Why am I doing all this in my head? … click click click … oh this thing is impossible, forget it. Ah, but my blackberry has a better calculator, never used it yet, now’s as good a time as any to try it. Click click click … okay, the 24 oz. one is a tiny bit better per ounce. Let’s get it. [man puts in cart, and walks about 20 feet down aisle] Oh wait! The 16 oz. one is squeeze and the 24 oz. one is a jar. Too messy with a knife and all, and the kids’ll mess it up. [walks 20 feet back to mustard section]. Puts 24 oz mustard back on shelf, takes 16 oz. mustard and places it into the cart. Walks 3 feet down aisle … notices a huge 32 oz. mustard on bottom shelf. Start’s thinking, can I refill the squeeze bottle we have at home? Etc.

  2. Lady Lock and Load says:

    Lord Lock and Load rarely does any grocery shopping but on the rare occasion we are at the store, he is very quick, and I am the one who takes FOREVER.

    • batya from NJ says:

      like LLL, i also spend lots of time grocery shopping & my husband, like hers, doesn’t have the patience to do major shopping like i do…in fact, he likes to refer to me as the “supply captain” b/c i always like to buy things that i might need at some point in the future or for some recipe etc. That may explain why the neighbors are always calling me when they are out of 1 thing or another!

      anyhow, while i was dating & engaged to my husband in college, i used to love it when he’d take me to a supermarket so that i could stock up for the week. it was wonderful ‘cuz it made my life so much easier to be able to stock up at a big store like pathmark rather than to have to spend tons of $$$ at the local fancy grocery stores in Midtown Manhattan such as D’agostino’s or the like.

      In short, i can totally understand why you were thrilled to have him with you shopping even if he did take longer than you do. then again, perhaps it’s because you know what you like to buy & for him many of these products are so new & exotic-looking with all the French on the labels etc.. maybe he almost feels like he went to Paris?! ;)

      Enjoy your time together no matter how you spend it & have a very happy Purim :)!!

  3. Z! says:

    HAHA! I can’t beleive you remember that! It was even worse cuz it was with my parents!

    I LOVE going shopping with R when I have the patience to watch him wander down the aisles and put things into the cart that he wants….while I take them out and explain why we don’t need this or that…

    His calculation is impressive though and he doesn’t need his blackberry to tell him which is the better deal.

    I like to grocery shop with a mission.

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