2011年6月17日金曜日

stare-worthy shopping basket

Creature of habit that I am I shop at the same supermarket on the same day at roughly the same time each week. I take the same shopping bags and buy the same staples (7 litres of milk, three packs of soba, two of udon, yoghurt, ham, bacon, chicken breasts, fish etc etc) and even go through the same checker's register- over the last five years we've got to know each other in 15 minute a week bursts. She's Korean, married and with a JHS daughter who likes English. Her sister married an Aussie and lives in Australia.

Shopping day is Thursday.

But today K suddenly found himself with plans to go to Fukushima and see his parents. Fukushima that is still under a literal and metaphorical radiation cloud. MIL called and asked me to send her up a box of veggies. Any leaf veggie. Anything we have in the garden whatsoever and as much as we could spare.

Gardening season is underway and at the moment we have heaps of swiss chard, cos lettuce, oak leaf lettuce, snow peas, kale and parsley. This is pretty good for this time of year around here. Unfortunately MIL would only know what to do with the snow peas and even then she prefers them immature- before they get peas in them- and I like them with peas so there's not a lot to send up. Knowing that she loves butterbur and that we have plans to weedwhack the whole plot of the stuff I collected up a big armful of that and tied it up and then headed to my favourite supermarket to stock up for her.

MIL has a (albeit sometimes misdirected) heart of gold and I knew she would want enough to share with friends, neighbours, and friends of neighbours and neighbours of friends etc etc so I bought:
3 huge wong bok/ hakusai
3 bags of eggplants
7 bags of bok choy/ chingensai
3 cabbages
4 bags of komatsuna

The three hakusai alone filled to overflowing my first shopping basket. By the time I added a bag of chocolates, two bags of senbei and 4 cans of coffee for K to make his after work 6 hour dash up the highway it was a stare-worthy haul indeed. And stare people did. My usual weekly shop with a week's worth of meat and all that milk gets a couple of second glances and I just smile and nod and keep on shopping but today even I admit it looked a little odd- were we keeping 10 rabbits?

Get to my register operator and she does a double take and says how nice it is to see me twice in the one week (ooohhh love her!) and then she bats me on the arm and admonishes 'Did you have a party?'

I was a bit taken aback. Huh? A party? Why did she think that? Are we really at the stage that she would be offended if I didn't invite her to a party that I didn't even have??

A party?

Yes! You were in here yesterday and bought all that food and then you're here today with all this food more!

Oh! No. No party. My husband is going to see his parents in Fukushima tonight.

.....

The very word "Fukushima" has the power to kill conversations at the moment.

Araa! That's tough. Your husband is a good son.

Thank you.

And I walked out with my overfilled shopping baskets to a few more stares.

1 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

I think that's wonderful of you to run to the store and pick up some things for a little veggie care package for your MIL. Plus what you got for her also, from your own garden too. I bet she'll really appreciate it. : )

As for the grocery stares. I seriously just got back just now. I do a big weekly shop for everything on my list. I do run to a closer shop to pick up extra bread or milk throughout the week. But....the amount of food I get from my weekly shop. You'd think some of the other shoppers eyeballs were going to pop out of their heads. : ) I get so embarassed sometimes or red faced. But...for me it's easier to do my shopping in 1 fell swoop. : ) Over and done with. So in that way I guess the stares don't bother me too much. Not enough to change my shopping style. Ha ha ha. : )

I like that you shop on Thursdays. : ) I shop once every 7 days but my day changes. Sometimes if I get there too early on a Monday for instance.... they didn't get their shipments in yet. I like Tuesdays or Wednesdays but have definitely gone on Thursdays too. : )