Richard Mize: A little trouble in store

Our mostly peaceful, 75-minute, $275 run to the store we just made is an outright miracle.
by Richard Mize Modified: February 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014

Or, I’ll announce proudly “See here, Dear, I saw we were gettin’ low on canned veggies, so I thought I’d pick up some while I was restocking my sardine shelf (actually, my 6-by-4-inch spot on a shelf). See, I got some pickled beets, some sauerkraut and some succotash! And these lima beans. Oh, and Wolf Brand chili.”

And she’ll say: “Succotash! It’s got lima beans in it! And lima beans are lima beans! And chili is not a vegetable!”

Here we go. “I’ll be in the man room with a cigar!” I’ll say with a smile and a faux growl.

All of which is what makes the mostly peaceful, 75-minute, $275 run to the store we just made together an outright miracle. Neither of us threw food, had a fit or opened up a can. There was just a little friction. It was actually fun.

But then, we did go to her store.

I resisted the pig’s feet, so as to not give the checkout gal anything about which to share a knowing glance with my wife. But I did stock up on sardines and Viennas. And my vegetables.

She did not over-instruct me on the honors and benefits that come with regular shopping at her store as compared to shopping at mine.

She did indulge in one impulse buy. Ha!

Cat food. Sigh.

My lone impulse buy was a fresh, whole pineapple. I am such a sucker for them, whole coconuts and anything else that was so exotic when I was little. Like Jiffy Pop. Or Tang.

“I’ll be needin’ you to peel this thing,” I said.

She glared.

Here we go. “I’ll be in the man room with a cigar ...”


by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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