.....to go to the grocery on a Saturday morning. I don't know what I was thinking, I truly had a brain fade by going as I knew better!!
You see, I have personal space issues. I've written about it before here, http://through-the-barn-door.blogspot.com/search?q=personal+space
And I openly admit my idiosyncrasy regarding people in my personal space. Most times I just deal with it but this trip to the grocery pushed me over my limit!
It should have been my first clue as I headed into the store and the local senior citizen bus was parked at the door. "No matter", I thought, "I can handle it." NOT!
I headed over to the pre-packaged lettuce and it was as if there was a fire sale going on there! I mean, people were swarming like bees!! "Calm, remain calm", I said. "You can do this". As I patiently waited my turn at the back of the aisle, I waited beside one of those carts they bring all the produce out to re-stock shelves. Of course, it was stacked higher than my head. All was good until the cart moved and ran into me, nearly knocking me down! WHAT!
The stock boy peeped around to see what had impeded his process as I was staring at him with the most incredulous look ever! He apologized profusely but still....!
From there I made my way to the deli which was also teaming with customers. I was able to stand in the front next to a gentleman to wait my turn. All was good there until a little old lady, no doubt from the senior citizen bus parked out front, wheeled up with her shopping cart behind me. Now....I know this doesn't sound like much, but she blocked me in with her cart and with LITTLE room for me to move. Why, why, why do you stroll up to a busy counter like that and try to force in your grocery cart? If that wasn't enough, the front of her cart was so close to the behind of the man beside me that I thought she was trying to take him for a ride! I must have glanced at her 4 or 5 times trying to let her politely know that she was in my personal space and it was starting to get to me, but amazingly, she just smiled. Finally, I said to the man standing next to me who was almost finished with his order, "Don't step back sir or your going to fall over the cart behind you". I mean it was inches from his derriere!! And still.....pushy senior citizen didn't get it, only laughed and wouldn't move her cart!!!
That was it....my personal space alarm bells were going off all over the place. I had to get out and quick before I had a melt down, however, I must have gotten behind every slow shopper in the place trying to get to the checkout. They were EVERYWHERE!!!
As if all that wasn't enough, a mother and child got in line to check out behind me and she was pushing one of those stupid carts that look like cars the kids can drive. Well mom's I hate to tell you, but your driving perceptions must be off because those things are longer than regular carts and when you bump the person in front of you, you are tempting an explosion! It was all I could do not to lose it.
Ok, so please remind me the next time I think I can handle ANY shopping on a Saturday.................................................DON'T DO IT!!!!