I’m always fascinated by what people buy at the grocery store. I love looking at another person’s section of the conveyor belt: you can learn so much about a person! Oh, you’re buying cat food, you apparently have a cat. Newborn diapers? How cute, you have a newborn! Some people buy lots of veggies, some tons of junk food, some go organic, and some buy brand name milk (even though there is totally no difference whatsoever thankyouverymuch). Sometimes you can tell something about a person’s weekend. A cooler, beer, and chips: going to the lake? A bottle of wine and flowers: a date? 6 gallons of ice cream and a chick flick: drowning your sorrows?
One day when I was at Costco I was in line behind a woman buying, among other things, turkey bacon and Vienna Sausages. Really??? Turkey bacon and Vienna Sausages??? Since no one in their right mind would ever buy turkey bacon for the taste, she must have bought it for the health benefits. And Vienna Sausages? Was she buying those for the health benefits too? It certainly wasn’t for the taste. Or the gelatinous substance encasing them. Only babies who have no teeth eat those things. I must say that all around she had a pretty gross-looking shopping cart, but who buys Vienna Sausages AND turkey bacon? I can only assume that she was buying the sausages for her baby. But in a huge case from Costco? I don’t think even the most ravenous of toothless meat-eaters (is it even meat?) can eat that many Vienna Sausages before it’s expiration date in 12 years. Maybe she has sextuplets. Yeah, that’s it, and she’s trying to lose the baby weight by eating turkey bacon.
All this snooping around other people’s groceries has made me über conscious of what other people might think about MY groceries. I get all proud when I have a lot of vegetables, hoping that people will notice how very healthy I am. On the days I buy junk for the kids (of course I never buy it for myself) I just hope people don’t think it’s for me (the horror)!
I bet you are disturbed by how much time and energy I spend observing and musing over other people’s groceries. Not only do I pay attention to what you buy, but I also write entire blog posts theorizing about why you bought what you did. So now ya’ll know that if I happen to see you in the grocery store I am totally judging your groceries, and YOU!