“Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul – chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!”
~~ Anne Tyler
I wonder how many of us take grocery stores for granted. Take for granted that we have at our at finger ease the ability to get almost anything we want.
This evening while R and I were walking around ALDI, it hit me how lucky we are to have all that food right there…just waiting for us. And at ALDI, such mind-blowing prices. And how that discount grocery store now carries healthy foods, a whole section of gluten free foods and—yes—organic foods! Even organic milk and bananas!
And speaking of gluten free—which as far as I know, I don’t need—there is so much available everywhere now.
I have a friend that I love very much who cannot have gluten. I mean seriously. Not all in her mind. She gets very sick. Once, she was talking to me, and she was getting very sick and it was the symptoms of what happens to her when she has gluten. She knew she hadn’t had any. We talked through what she had had that day and it turned out they had bought pre-made hamburger patties. There was gluten in them as a binding agent! She used to be so frustrated because so many of the foods she loved had gluten in them and the gluten free versions were horrible.
I’m told gluten free food has come a long way—I need to remember to ask her.
And the availability of organic food! At a discount grocery store! Unbelievable. I couldn’t believe that they had organic skim milk. And hey. We even got some Christmas shopping done. They had a great isle for non-foods in that little store.
I think of that little boy Surya that I sponsor from India. I get he doesn’t have a grocery store—discount or otherwise—a five minute drive from his house. Let alone a car.
So today I reflect and am truly grateful for grocery stores.
I know where I can go get that pumpkin creamer for the stuff that is called coffee at work!