Well, it's THAT time of year once again...you know, when husbands all over the fruited plain have to "help" their wives by running by the grocery store to pick up a few items. Yesterday I was snowed under and had to send "Chicken Daddy" to do the Thanksgiving dinner run. Normally that would be out of the question but I was involved with several projects away from home and ya do what ya gotta do.
Even during regular weeks, his shopping prowess is less than perfect, but during the holiday season, it just doesn't pay to switch roles. My list was VERY specific...no room for error. All the family is gathering Thursday and I needed for him to purchase every item exactly as I dictated.
When I finished my project, I walked in the house and was met by a growl...no, we don't have a dog...it was you know who. He was sitting in the recliner and had a glazed look on his face. "Well," I began, "that little project can be checked off my To Do list." No answer. I continued, "How was your day?" A strange sound began...then it became louder...he exploded, "How do you think it went? It took forever and don't you EVER send me down the international or the industrial aisle again!"
Wait a minute, the INTERNATIONAL aisle? For Thanksgiving dinner? What's he talking about? I didn't so much as ask for salsa, much less something weird from another country. "What in this world are you talking about?" I implored. "For the green beans," he continued, "I looked everywhere and had everybody trying to find them." Oh, no...my heart skipped a beat. He thought I said the international aisle...what I had actually said was (and I quote) "Get me 4 or 5 large cans of green beans. They will be on the INSTITUTIONAL aisle." (I should be put INTO an institution for ever making such a request of a grocery shopping challenged husband during the holidays.)
See pictures of cans above, mercifully they didn't have but 4 cans of green beans. After I post this, I am drawing up plans for the contractor to knock out the walls to house all 24 pounds of beans. If you, your family or any small country would like to eat green bean casserole on Thursday, let us know. We'll deliver.