Home, Part 3

I recently went home again for another holiday, to the place where I grew up.  I took another series of photos for you, this time at the grocery store.  Martie, JiJi and I went to the local market one day to pick up a few items we needed to make dinner one night.  Each of us had a different reaction to the store so I thought I should share.

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JiJi has been married to Daddy-O for 35 years now.  Right about 34 and half a years ago, Daddy-O took over the cooking duties for the household.  I think he fancies himself an Emeril, honestly, as he likes to assemble all the cooking items for the nightly meal into separate bowls, even down to the salt and pepper.  He is quite particular about which ingredients he uses and the expiration dates of those items, thus he goes to the store a lot.  Combine that with his propensity for ADD-like behavior, i.e. inability to sit still, and JiJi has not been to the grocery store in YEARS.  There is no reason for her to go.  Daddy-O takes care of every item on their list, daily.  The moment we walked into the store, JiJi’s eyes lit up.  She looked in wonder at the potato chips, the pickles, the canned goods.  She slowly drifted down each aisle and just touched things.  She looked at ingredients and sighed over all the choices of things in the store.  It was a wonderland for her.

Martie’s reaction was the complete opposite.  She was used to this grocery store.  She fairly zipped down every aisle, grabbing things in her haste.  It took her 3 minutes and 45 seconds to whip everything she needed into her buggy and then she waited for us as the front of the store, bags in hand, foot tapping.   

And then there was my reaction.  This grocery store was the grocery store of my childhood.  Oh, there were so many memories for me.  Here’s my  photo collection of things that moved me: 

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There’s more shelf space dedicated to this product than any other item in the store.  Have you never had a Sun-Drop?  Go immediately and get one. It will kill your liver, but there’s nothing like it.

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Assorted items for your family bar-b-que.

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Rooster livers.  As opposed to plain old chicken livers.  I have no idea.

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Fresh, right?

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Lobster tails and frog legs, all in one case.  What more could you want?

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My favorite part of the store, when I was a kid and now.

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Probably the biggest surprise in the store.  I had no idea things had progressed so rapidly.

Don’t you just love nostalgia?  It’s one of my favorite things. 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Martie
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 08:15:07

    BEST ONE YET!!! Hahahahahaha!!!

    Reply

  2. Felix
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 09:38:59

    LOVED IT!!!! Nothing like going back to your childhood grocerystore, if you can, and IF it is still there! Sounds like a fun trip was had by all.

    Reply

  3. lavidanaranjada
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 14:43:15

    I love love LOVE your description of JiJi in the store. Your writing is so descriptive I can see her wide eyes.

    Reply

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