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Adventures in grocery shopping with Wonder Woman

Earlier this morning, I went to my favorite health food store to purchase all the necessary ingredients for my cooking class, Refreshing Summer Dishes.  One of the items on my list was polenta, and so I browsed the bulk section in search of it.  I go to the bulk section first because I can find better prices there as well as cutting down on environmentally unsound packaging. Upon looking, to my dismay, it wasn’t there.  Since we live on an island, there are bound to be things that may not be in stock from time to time.  Often, this store keeps them on the next aisle (or so I thought), but in pre-packaged bags.

When I got to the next aisle, there was still no polenta, but there was a woman who I assumed was a store clerk because, well, because she looked like someone who would work at this health food store, and she was also wearing a colorful name tag necklace (along with a Wonder Woman t-shirt).  She appeared to be talking to another customer, and I thought since she was there, I’d ask her if she knew where to find it.

“Excuse me” I said, “There doesn’t appear to be any polenta in bulk or here on this aisle either. Do you know if there is any available?”

“Oh that’s strange” she said. It’s usually in bulk.  The other customer said, “I’ll go look for you.”

“Hmmm… that’s strange,” I thought to myself…. why would another customer go look.  Did she work in the store too?

We were wandering the aisle while the other person was looking back in the bulk section.  She suggested we move over to the baking section where Bob’s Redmill products were carried. We searched high and low only to discover corn meal (for baking corn bread).  I was just about to throw in the towel when we turned around and found it a bit higher up on one of the shelves. At this point, she said something like, “I don’t work here, but I really like the polenta too.”

My mouth dropped open. I was so embarrassed!!  She really paid it forward for me today! Thanks Wonder Woman!

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