Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Would you believe?

I actually cried at the grocery store today.

Adrian and I are in Orlando, Florida to find a home for our little family for the next phase of our life. We traveled all day yesterday and got to bed at 3 a.m., and this morning decided to make a trip to the supermarket to pick up a few things.

The 2-mile drive was pleasant. The roads were smooth, we didn't get run off the road by a taxi or bus driver, and we were able to turn on a radio station and hear something that suits our style.

The grocery store was beautiful. The shelves were full of so much food. There were different brands and varieties, different sections for different ethnicity's. The produce was fresh and beautiful. The bread wasn't moldy. I didn't need to check every item to see if it expired 6 months ago. I didn't need to do a thorough examination of every item containing wheat to see if it had bugs inside. I didn't see any crazed person walking around with a machette that I had to tell management about. There was Christmas music playing, and the store was clean and bug-free. The people were so nice to us, and nobody took anything out of my grocery cart because they were mad at me for buying the last of an item. I was able to find everything on my list at one store, and I didn't need to drive to 4 different stores to find a gallon of milk. And that gallon of milk didn't cost me $9. U.S. And I wasn't concerned if the gallon of milk was sour, because I knew that things can be returned and if it was sour, I wouldn't have to just suck it up and drink it or pour the $9.00 down the drain. I decided to buy a bottle of bodywash, and just like that- it was in my cart. I didn't have to decide 3 months ahead that I wanted a bottle of bodywash- and order it online, and wait for the package to come, and hope it didn't get lost in transit....

Now you see why I cried at the supermarket? My old pals from St. Kitt's who have moved on- I'm sure you had the same experience?

After Thanksgiving last week and our grocery trip today, and knowing that in a month this will be my permanent life, I have to say- God BLESS the U. S. of A. We should all be so THANKFUL for what we have at our fingertips every day of our lives!


Niki Carter said...

Wow. What a perspective you now have. I'm excited for your family!

The Katy Daileys said...

Thank you for that reminder of how good we have it! Good luck to you guys on the next phase!

Becky Filhart said...

I think I cried twice at the farmer's market this summer. The produce was exactly as you described it...beautiful!!! Silly...yes...but SO TRUE!!! I loved your descriptions of shopping in SK...I can't believe you guys only have a few weeks left!!!:)

Family Travellers said...

My wife loved this story. For 3 years we lived in Hawaii and dealt with shortages, or bad produce, expensive milk, not finding ingredients for recipes, etc. We imagine what she went through was only exponentially more difficult in St Kitts. Anyway, she laughed at each situation you described. I found it a little scary when you said St Kitts was so dangerous. We had a weird situation there where we took a cab at night to go back to the resort and the cab driver told us he had to stop and pick up his daughter. We ended up going deep into the neighborhoods and realized there was nothing to prevent him from meeting some friends to rob us. It was a little frightening but sure enough he picked up his daughter and dropped her off somewhere on the way back to the Marriott. Must have been interesting living there with your family.