By Heather Brush, filling in for Lindsey.
Snow is forecast for the weekend and folks will be making stops on the way home from work for needed items. Me? I need a snow shovel and cat food. But the rush I’m talking about is the run on milk and bread I see every time the hint of snow is in the air. You know how it is…everyone runs out for these items and the stores get mobbed. (Good for them!)
Growing up in New York on Long Island, I don’t recall there being any items in particular that people would make a snow run for. I also lived in Vermont for a number of years and while we didn’t rush to the grocery with every snow prediction (We’d have been there every day for months) when a “big one” was forecast, folks would make sure they had Ritz crackers and peanut butter. It’s weird how different items are habits in different areas.
I do like to have hot chocolate with marshmallows on hand for my kids, coming in out of the snow, and I hold a tradition of making chocolate chip cookies with the first snow fall of the year. But I won’t go into the throngs of bread and milk buyers to have them tomorrow. Call me a Scrooge.
Talking with friends and joking over the habits of people, we admitted to the greater likelihood that a before-snowfall-beer-run would be in order, or a visit to the wine aisle. Of course parents of young ones need diapers and formula; parents of teens need pizza rolls and soda, but in reality, is there any item from the grocery store you just can’t live without for a couple of days?
Let me know! I’ll stay out of your way this evening.