Grocery shopping during our COVID19 days!
For those of us who pushed past the advice to avoid grocery stores because your attempts at online shopping were futile, I know the reasons why you did.
Online shopping-exorbitant prices, gauging and waiting 2-3 hours in a virtual queue to be allowed 20 minutes to shop only to get to the virtual “checkout “ and not be able to complete your purchase because all available time slots over the next 3 weeks are taken and all the available pick-up in person time slots for the next 3 weeks are taken…I get it. No amount of money can alter the fact that it ain’t happening folks. You would have to be online 24/7, scouring all grocers near you and pray that your fingers and ‘timing’ is so perfect that you are fortunate enough to get it done! That’s a long shot bet I won’t take. So, face masks, gloves, outer layers of protective coverings and hand wipes in tow, you head out to “bring home the bacon!”
Welcome to our new normal for the unforeseeable future.
In the store you will look for and not find toilet paper, spaghetti and other types of pasta, eggs, milk, bread, paper towels, bleach, Lysol, soap powder and a plethora of “Limit 2” products that aren’t the staples of your pantry along with ‘limit 2’ of what remains in the meat, fowl and seafood sections. Most people whiz by you as if you are the virus, the younger people with no masks or gloves, the older ones dazed at all the empty shelves and the arrogant who refuse to stay back 6 feet from others.
You then wait in long lines, looking around you at the others who broke the directive and ventured out to shop and pause to say “Lord Have Mercy.” You think of the elderly, the poor, those without the resources or transportation to even attempt this once rote task and say “Lord Have Mercy!”
You try not to hoard of the few necessities you can locate on the barren shelves and inside your soul cries out “Lord Have Mercy!”
These Days of Our COVID19 Lives remind us all how we couldn’t make it without The Lord! 🙏🏽