Friday, August 14, 2009

Bring Your Own

Usually I write about the funny things my kids do. I think spending so much time with my kids this summer, is causing their behavior to wear off on me.
Yesterday I went to the grocery store. I needed to buy milk and bread. I got a few other things. I put everything on the belt at the checkout. Then I put my green cloth bag in front of my groceries. I noticed that it wasn't empty. There was something inside. I opened it. It was garlic.
I had bought garlic earlier in the week. I used the last of it when I made spaghetti. I don't use garlic every day so I didn't need it right away. I guess when I emptied the bag, I took everything else out of the bag and since the garlic was small and light I didn't notice it in the bottom of my bag. So now I was at the check out with my stowaway garlic that I had bought earlier in the week. I didn't want to attempt to explain to the checker why I had brought my own garlic to the store.
Can you imagine? "I uh brought my own garlic with me because I wanted it to see the world and know what it was like at other grocery stores." So I just put it on the belt with the rest of my groceries. For $0.50 it was worth my dignity. Except that I had purchased it at different grocery store and the produce bag was slightly different than the store I was currently in. I'm sure the checker snickered when she rang up the garlic. Luckily she didn't question me. I was so embarrassed I couldn't even look at her.
As soon as I got home, I made sure that the garlic was put away safely with the onions.
Am I the only who does things like this?
Does any else take garlic on field trips and bring garlic to the store with them so they can pay for it again?


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh How Funny, Cookie. There are just times when you have to do what you have to do. Trying to explain your situation would have been very embarrassing. I'm sure I would have done the same thing. It was definitely worth the 50 cents.

Of course, we all do things like that on occasion. Wait til you are my age ---and you can blame it on having a 'Senior Moment'.... ha


Joyce-Anne said...

I've actually gone back INTO the store when I find an item that I haven't paid for. Maybe I'm crazy for packing the car with the groceries then lugging the baby back into the store just to pay for something fairly inexpensive like a jar of jelly.

Talon said...

Hmmmm...I haven't taken any garlic on a field trip yet...and I hope my garlic doesn't read this because it will not only be jealous - it will become demanding! ;)

a corgi said...

that was so sweet you took garlic with you! I bet it enjoyed getting out of the bag and spending some quality time with the other items on the conveyor belt; I bet it bonded as it inched its way to be scanned! I think I would have done the same thing; easier than trying to explain. I have done with Joyce-Anne does and return to the store with items they didn't charge me for.

I do enjoy your style of writing, whether it is about your kids or you, always a joy to read :)

happy weekend


Cathy said...

i'm feeling fried from entertaining my kids all summer long, too!

Michelle said...

As much as I LOVE garlic, I have to admit that I've never taken it on a field trip. And I probably would have left it in the bag and pretended I hadn't noticed it was in there. After all, you HAD already bought it! I usually forget my receipts and such in the bags. But since I fold mine up and put them in the console in my car (and I have eight I travel with), I hopefully would notice any stowaways! Too funny :)

Martha said...

LOL!! This entry cracked me up. I thought I was the only one who did things like that! I think I would have handled it the exact same way you did too :-)

Snaggle Tooth said...

I wouldn't care about the embarrassment, but about the hard-earned fifty cents, n would've explained what I did to the cashier!
When you get old, bravery comes with the territory...