To me, the true test of an excellent grocery store is this: if you walked in smiling (and I hope you were), were you smiling when you came out? If you’re all frustrated when you come out then conjure up a lovely grocery store to go to.
It will very likely have the following:
an enormous produce section. with lots of pretty colors.
iron-on patchettes (assorted)
shoe laces (variety)
Duraflame Long Stem Matches (ideal for lighting birthday candles)
feather duster (Big Bird yellow)
cake baking section (entire aisle) – excellent birthday cake candle and decoration selection
Prell (still with the pearl)
Bandaids – very extensive, i.e. Barbie, Cookie Monster, sheer, Hurt-free, extra large, knuckle & fingertip
Flicker classic razor
Any other items that speak of self-sufficiency and worshipful living
If they have Farrah Faucet shampoo, then you have landed smack dab in the middle of heaven.
If you don’t have a store like this within a 30 mile radius or so, you should probably move.
Or…you can keep that grocery store and get yourself in a really worshipful state and then add to your cart only beautiful things. Things that belong in that gorgeous world you carry around in your heart.
Once I was moving down the aisle at the grocery when a boy, holding a tin of sardines, said to his dad, these are extinct, you know. And his dad said, you have in your hand the very last tin of sardines in this world. So the boy put the tin reverently back on the shelf.
I had a really fabulous art history teacher who talked about how strange it was to run into somebody you knew at the grocery store. There you are, moving through the aisles in a state of grace, and suddenly there’s someone you know, also moving through the aisles in a state of grace, and you both halt awkwardly, saying, oh, hi. Yes, I’m just getting this baking soda. Yes. Really what you want to do is smile like a Buddha and keep going, the wheels of your cart gliding across the wax of the floors, the avocados surreptitiously nudging up against the mangoes.