I just ran across this poem I had written back in 2004. I believe I was working at the library part-time and working at home part-time doing freelance writing. Our local paper was having a contest for WhoRemembersWhat. You had to write a poem in 400 words or less about shopping, food, feeding the family and stretching your budget.
I didn't win....
....But , I still think it's pretty good- not to toot my own horn you understand!
Anywhoo, here goes
Oh no, Oh no, it's time to go
There is no time to spare
The kiddies want to eat right now
The cupboards almost bare
Gather the coupons, head to the store
We need cereal, milk and so much more
Grab a cart; a wheel spins the wrong way
At the rate I'm going, it will take me all day
I finally make it to the produce aisle
Where the fruit is bruised and the veggies look vile
Off to the snacks- the chip bags look skimpy
The boxes of crackers look small and whimpy
We need some meat for the evening meal
I check out the pork, the beef and the veal
The pork is fatty, the steak costs too much
I guess it will be Hamburger Helper with the "mommy touch"
I rush to get milk- my nerves are fried
I look around, mystified!
Cows milk, and soy milk and rice milk, too
There are too many choices, what shall I do?
I grab one of each- I really don't care
I just want to get the heck out of here!
The lady up front takes all my money
She gives a big smirk saying, "Thank ya, honey!"
Finally I'm free from the grocery store
I drive away, done with my chore
I get home and start unloading the car
The kids knock me over for an ice cream bar
They will no longer hunger nor will they fade away
Momma's brought home the goodies- they're happy for the day.
end note: And now, I work at home full time, and I STILL hate to grocery shop!