My husband and I both do the grocery shopping. Sometimes one of us feels like dealing with the kids and one of us wants to escape to the market. On this day, he did the shopping.
Which is how we had an argument over Life cereal.
I blame Quaker Oats.
Well, he says it was a discussion. I called it an argument. We argued about that too. Or rather, discussed it.
Trip to the Grocery Store #1
I asked him to get Life cereal at the store and he forgot. This has happened before so I gave him an idea. I mentioned that if he would cross items off the list and double check the list before he leaves the store, he wouldn’t forget anything. Ever. And how awesome would that be. For everyone. Because today it was my cereal. But tomorrow it could be his Baked Doritos.
“Not possible. I cross things off the list. I double check the list. And sometimes I will forget things. But it’s not a big deal because it’s just a box of cereal,” he explains.
“I know it’s just cereal. But I still don’t understand. It’s a fool proof system. If everything is crossed off, then how can you forget anything?” I ask.
“It’s a long list. I might forget to cross something off. I might not notice that something is not crossed off when I check out. I will try. But prepare yourself. Something will be forgotten. What are you so upset about anyway? It’s just a box of cereal,” he says.
I KNOW IT’S JUST CEREAL. But I love that sweet crunchy awesomeness that is not sitting in my cabinet but rather sitting on the shelf at Stop & Shop. Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s about my hair. Or that I don’t get enough sleep. Or that Harlowe won’t eat baby food. Or the fact that I truly don’t get why a guy who has this freaky ability to remember the words to practically every single song out there and can quote baseball plays from 1953, can’t cross items off a grocery list. I JUST DON’T GET IT.
Trip to the Grocery Store #2
Rick is back at the store. He forgets chickpeas.
“Why didn’t you get chickpeas?” I ask.
“Because they weren’t on the list,” he responds.
“But didn’t you telepathically know that I wanted them?”
Trip to the Grocery Store #3
This time I go to the market.
“Did you go the store?” Rick asks.
“Yes, but I forgot a bunch of stuff because half way through I totally lost the list. How does that happen anyway? I even retraced my steps but nothing. I still had my deli number in my hand. So I just bought deli meat, ice cream and Life cereal and then left.”
P.S. It’s really hard to cross items off the list and double check the list when you lose the list. I hope my husband prepared himself that some things would be forgotten.
P.P.S. Grocery shopping is hard.
P.P.P.S. I really started craving cereal during the writing of this post.
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