The date was Monday, March 26, 2021,
and on that date,
the Captain and I were free of the constraints
(except for the mask and social distancing) of Covid-19.
We had taken our second dose of the vaccine
and the waiting period of
two weeks was up.
This was a time that I had dreamed about
after one whole year of life
being not what we were used to.
Now, if you know me,
you know that I am pretty much a homebody anyway,
so the whole idea of staying at home,
for even a whole year,
was not disagreeable to me at all.
I admit that there were times
when I missed going
out to dinner, or out shopping,
or even just getting dressed,
and especially going to see the kids.
But times were hard
and I certainly didn't want my actions
to add anything to the overall problems.
In my mind,
for quite some time,
I wanted only one thing.
That was to go to Trader Joe's
and buy a big armload of fresh flowers.
That might seem like small potatoes
to most of you
but to me that was all
I could dream about.
Tim is still waiting for his second shot
so I knew the kids would not be
the first place we could go safely.
My dear friends were planning
on going out to lunch,
like in the good old days,
but I don't feel safe
going to any restaurants yet,
so that left
just a simple, selfish little thing
that I could do to dip my toes
back into the waters of living
Trader Joe's is quite a drive for us,
so at the last minute
I decided to go to our local Safeway.
The store has been around for awhile
although it being on
the opposite side of town from us,
I hadn't shopped there
too many times in the past.
It has a fantastic fresh flower department
and as that was my main objective,
I thought that would be a more safe and sane outing for the first time.
We arrived wearing masks
and prepared to follow all the rules
of the one-way aisles and standing spots.
I had talked to Tami
on the phone the night before
and told her my plan.
She reminded me that
approximately one year ago to the day
was the first time they had came up
to do our grocery shopping for us
and this was the same Safeway
that they shopped at.
It was where she picked up
the tall Easter bunny
as a gift for me
and she thought that
they probably had some more
really cute Easter gifts available this year.
My shopping and decorating juices
were fueled and I was ready to go.
The minute I walked into the store,
I knew this was going to be a big mistake!
There were so many people shopping
and I felt like a caged animal
with everybody in the world
breathing down my neck.
Everyone was masked and staying on their designated spots
but there were plenty going
the wrong way up the aisles.
The aisles are not the widest
and the shelving is very tall along the sides,
so when coming upon another shopper
I felt hemmed in.
To show you how paranoid I was feeling,
I thought a man
was following me too closely
so I turned around
to give him a piece of my mind
it was the Captain!
Now, let me say right now,
I suppose for the first time out
a grocery store was not
the brightest idea.
Who likes to go
to the grocery store
in normal times anyway?
I know I sure don't
but, after one year,
maybe my memory has dulled a little.
I did get some gorgeous flowers.
They remind me of
sunshine and everything
that is beautiful.
I have been showing them as we go along
so there is an overload but
they are the star of the show
and after a whole year of dreaming,
they did not disappoint.
I arranged them in the same spot
but in three separate white pitchers.
It seemed like
they could shine better this way,
and shine they do,
like a bright
In the background,
you may have noticed a portrait
hanging over the kitchen shutters.
This is Great Aunt Hen-riEtta.
I pictured her hanging
on a nail, in the attic,
covered with spider webs.
Bring her down,
clean her up
I found her on Antique Farmhouse
and although she wasn't the right color,
I had a vision of what she could become
and with the addition of some red paint
and surrounded by an oval frame
there you have it...
Now, you know the story
of what happened on
Monday, March 26, 2021.
Was it a day worth
waiting and dreaming about?
If you see only the pretty flowers,
you might say yes, yes it was.
If you read between the lines,
you might see that I am just not ready
to venture out into the world just yet
and that is OK.
If you read further between the lines,
you might notice that there were
no pretty Easter items to be found.
Had there been,
it might have been a
whole different story!
Even a year's time
can't dull the shopping instinct.
Wear the Mask
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