I guess I must be an anomaly among those of my peer group - retired widows. There are a lot of us. But I am finding that very few look any farther ahead than maybe the day after tomorrow, literally.
I needed to add to my food storage, so this morning I rode the bus to the grocery store. I sat near a woman of my vintage that I see often on these trips. During the course of conversation I asked if she ever shopped at Sam's Club. She scoffed at the very idea. She said that she lived alone and that she had no reason to ever buy in bulk. She told me that she went to the grocery a couple of times each week to buy what she needed for a few days. I asked what did she do if a bad storm was in the weather forecast. She said that she would go to the closest convenience store for bread and cereal and milk. I hope that works out for her.
While waiting for the bus for the return trip home, I chatted with another widowed lady. We were talking about the price of groceries and how quickly groceries are becoming more expensive. She remarked that even flour and sugar had gone up in price. I mentioned that both Sam's and Walmart still had good prices on 25 lb. bags of flour. "What on earth would I do with that much flour?" she asked me. "Well, you could bake bread with it," I said. She said that she would eat homemade bread if someone gave her a loaf of it, but why go to all the trouble of making it when she could just buy it at the bakery or the grocery.
Both of these ladies rode the same bus as I did going home, and I caught both glancing at my handy, dandy little old lady shopping cart that was loaded with several sacks of pet food, six large bags of frozen mixed vegetables and a sack full of more canning lids.
It never ceases to amaze me that those like me, who are children of parents who lived through the Depression and the food rationing of WWII, failed to learn anything from those parents about putting food by for either emergencies or the cold winter months. Preserving every bit of food possible was a way of life in my family. If we didn't do the work summer and fall, we would be pretty hungry long about February.
Those two ladies seem like very nice ladies. But I think I will make sure that they and those like them never find out where I live.
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