Tuesday, April 26, 2011

feeling your fingers let go

With the return of the sun and with spring gently creeping up on us, I reached into the back of the closet yesterday, past the heavy leather jacket, past the wool coat, to encounter a light spring blazer, to wear grocery shopping. Evidently I had not worn this blazer since early November, if the poppy pinned to the lapel was any indication.

I shrugged on the jacket and my hands automatically dug deep into the front pockets, where my hands always reach of their own accord. I pulled out a slip of paper, jaggedly ripped, one-sixth of an 8.5x11. On one side was a Will Call receipt for some forgotten concert, on the other, the ubiquitous grocery list.

I picked up the current grocery list from the kitchen table and compared it to the pocket list. Also a raggedly ripped sixth of a letter sized piece of paper, this one lined, this one bearing income tax calculations on the non-list side. But the grocery list side was nearly identical to the November list - eight items on each, four of them identical.

It makes me wonder why I bother with a list in the first place, if I just keep buying the same items. Especially when I have been known to walk into the grocery store, armed with a list that reads only supper x 2.

What's in your pockets?

12 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I wish I had exciting things like that in my pockets!

leazwell said...

My debit card MIA since Friday when I purchased flowers.

L said...

I recently donated about 8 jackets & coats I don't wear anymore to Goodwill. Of course I went through the pockets first, and I found a hair barrette, cold medicine, and about $1 in change. I should go through the pockets of things I'm not giving away, but maybe that kind of ruins the surprise?

BeckEye said...

Do you walk into the supermarket and ask someone, "Where is the supper aisle?"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Grocery lists are pretty much standard issue in all my pockets, WC. The excitement levels are through the roof!

Nice find, Leazwell, despite the fact that it was likely already cancelled.

It might also be fun to not go through the pockets of things you are giving away, Lesley. It's always fun to find cold medicine in the pocket of a jacket you just found at Goodwill.

Regularly, Beckeye. I also ask them what I should make for supper.

Allison said...

I like to leave money in my winter jacket, when I put it away. That way it's a surprise when I go to use it again.

Right now, I have a memory stick in my pocket.

kelly said...

pants pockets....nothing at all except lint. I try to have money but not today. I hate change in my pockets at any time.

Jacket pocket, keys, my wallet which is the thinnest guys wallet you have seen. It's actually a business card holder. It has drivers license, care card, key card for fire hall door, credit card, debit card and grocery store points card.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love that idea, Al. I imagine the trick is to forget that you the money is there. Otherwise I would have it spent by mid-November.

That takes a lot of discipline to have such a skinny wallet, Kelly. I just recently went to a larger purse.

Dale said...

So if you have guests over, does the list change to "supper x 4" or the new number of people? Fascinating. I never make a list and that frees me for multiple impulse purchasing. Sometimes I leave forgetting what I went for. Happy Spring! (if it really stays).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It would actually make more sense if the n meant number of people, Dale, but it is actually number of days.

But I do admire the way you live on the edge! You are hardcore!

Lucy DeCoded said...

Five bucks! I found it under the changing table. Victory!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Very nice, Lucy! Perhaps it was a tip from one of your wee customers?