2013-07-12 / Columnists

Slice of Life

by Beth Hanning

Are you a grocery store social butterfly or a social misfit? I waver back and forth, depending how busy I am. With so many places closed after the storm, Stop N Shop was the place to be. People would be so happy to see neighbors, friends and even acquaintances. Now I find myself very busy since I stopped work for the summer. I want to run in and run out as fast as I can. I only have a few beach days left.

My husband is definitely a grocery store outcast. Since he bartends for a living, it is his job to be very talkative to his customers. So when he tells me who he saw while food shopping I ask, “How are they?” He always responds, “Oh I didn’t say hello.” How does he avoid seeing the people? He must be very savvy with the heavy cart and can make a quick U-turn without being busted. When he worked in Brooklyn and took the A train he used to make believe he was sleeping to avoid saying hi to people. One of the people he often avoided was his aunt.

My father-in-law is definitely a social butterfly. He knows every cashier by name and takes hours food shopping. My mother-in-law worries where he is because he is gone so long. When he arrives home, and she knows he is okay, she asks, “Who did you meet today?”

Some people I asked said they do not mind the quick hello but they do not want hugs and kisses while grocery shopping. My father somehow sees no one. He is actually obsessed with where everyone grocery shops. My dad is one of those people who goes to either Stop N Shop or Waldbaums almost every day. Whenever he runs into someone he has not seen in a while, he always asks me, “Where do they grocery shop?” I think they may be ducking him in the grocery store...

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