Slice of Life: Day 14
Well yesterday afternoon I finally joined the masses. Our school district announced its closure and the students were sent home at the end of the day not to return for 3 weeks. As I was driving home and passing grocery store after grocery store packed with people coming and going I thought, “Should I be there too? Can I wait until Sunday when I do my regular shopping or will the shelves be bare?”
I stayed later at school to be organized upon our return and be ready to teach so my time to make a stop before picking up my kids was tight. As I got closer to home, I just kept thinking, “What if I am a bad mom for not preparing? “What if people really do start to panic and buy everything up?”
So I decided to be responsible and join the preppers. If it were just me and my husband, I maybe would have waited until the weekend. As I passed Trader Joe’s packed. Walmart packed. On to my trusty Target… not too packed. I went inside where there was not a sense of panic just people roaming the aisles stocking up. Milk cases close to empty. Meat cases slim pickings. Frozen vegetable and waffles gone. Paper towels still had a few remain. Bread and bagels gone. Soup gone. Beans, all but the really bizarre seasoned ones, gone. Dried pastas gone. It was a very eerie feeling, but I felt confident that the contents of my cart would suffice and keep us nourished for an extended time if need be.
As I made my way to the check out, it was not anymore crowded than a weekend shopping day. I quickly made my way through the checkout, but what did give me peace of mind and a smile in all of this were the number of people leaving the store with their cases and cases of beer! At least we can all be happy at home with a drink in hand!