Thursday, June 17, 2004ONE OF MY FAVE PAST TIMES
When I was growing up, I disliked going to the grocery with my mom. I have 2 reasons:
1. My pa-cute and pa-awa face no longer worked when I would ask her to buy something for me. When I was in college, her reasons were, "Hay naku, Banini (yes, she calls me this), graduate na so that when you start working, you can earn money to buy everything you want.". Years later, I will find out that this. Is. So. Not. True.
And when I started working, it became, "You should buy with your own money na. Sumesweldo ka na eh!"
Grrrrr. I just couldn't win.
2. When she was still here in Manila, she would make me drive her around all the time (fyi: my mom knows how to drive). I loathed it so much that there were countless of times where I seriously considered throwing my driver's license out of the window just so I have an excuse to not drive for her. To make things worse, she's a backseat driver. She'd constantly complain about my driving and I remember one time when I got so pissed that I said, "eh di ikaw na lang mag-drive". My mom and I have a love-hate relationship. But that's another story.
Anyhoo, it would happen a lot of times that we would be on our way home and she'd go, "Bunny, can we pass by the supermarket first? I forgot that I need to buy laundry soap (or something else)?"
I'd grumble but unwillingly oblige.
And since she's only going to buy laundry soap, I'd wait in the car.
Half an hour would pass and she still won't be there, so I'd go inside the grocery and when I do find her, she would have a whole cart full of different items. And it would take us another hour before we would really be on our way home. Laundry soap lang daw, ha.
Why I am telling you this story?
One of the favorite past times that I have acquired in the past 2 years (the number of years Mama has been away), is going to the grocery and just looking around for new products and trying them out, if they successfully grab my interest. I'm serious, when I'm alone in a mall and bored, you can only find me in 2 places: the bookstore or the supermarket. I'd go to the supermarket with a basket and just check everything out. 99% of the time, I'd end up buying something.
I had to drop by Megamall yesterday to have something exchanged and since I felt like it was still too early to go home, I decided to stop by the supermarket to kill time.
And time did get killed. When I got in line to pay, I checked my watch. I was inside the grocery for an hour and a half and what did I have in my basket?
1. Dishwashing paste
3. a pack of Garbage Bags
4. a bottle of ketchup
5. promo pack of soup (1 crab and corn, 1 pork and mushroom and chicken sopas) for 66 bucks!
6. a box of tissues
It took me an hour and a half to buy 6 mind-boggling (wahahaha!) grocery items. And that's when it hit me, Goodness, I'm worse than my mother. I will annoy the daylights out of my children. Hehehe!
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