There it was…the supermarket, looming in the distance, the arena for Round One of the games.
Set against an ominous backdrop of foreboding skies, it was a place once filled with frolic and folly, where in bygone days, I had shopped willy nilly, and without pause while purchasing whatever struck my fancy.
A label was of no consequence. I would throw caution to the wind…”labels, schmabels”, I would say. But those carefree days were over.
For I had volunteered as tribute, and now I stood here with a purpose, eyeballing that monolith with cat like cunning. Oh it was ON…
Now it was a diligently planned endeavor, I was a girl on fire, and I was on a mission.
I had a strategy, and endless contingency plans…and a pocket full of magic faerie dust.
Now, I had lists, and bar code scanners, and meal plans, and a whole route laid out.
I was armed to the teeth with coupons and Pinterest recipes, and a fairly comprehensive knowledge of seasonal produce. I had points, and priorities, and Eco friendly re-usable bags.
I was a force to be reckoned with, and I was going to march on in there and take no prisoners…
But, even the most determined intentions can waiver.
And even though most of the time, I could deflect a nefarious snack item from a pretty fair distance by wielding my enchanted shield of Unicorn magic, it did seem that in some cases I was still vulnerable and easily distracted by certain specific tasty vittles.
I still felt like I had to be constantly on the look-out for dastardly delicious delights and daunting desserts of doom at every turn.
Because sometimes, I would find myself at the end of my trip to the supermarket with a whole suspicious pile of items in the cart that I had no intention or recollection of accumulating. And then, I would have to go park it somewhere in an empty corner, and have a serious conversation with myself about what needed to go back on the shelf, and why.
As if keeping it in my cart was going to get me pulled over by the Point Po Po, or frisked at the checkout… Continue reading The Real Life Hunger Games