Last weekend I went to visit my sister in her new apartment! She officially made the move to a Stars Hollow-esque town (current pop culture reference, amirite??) main street and all! Her apartment is amazing, spacious, well-decorated and much more affordable than mine, but superseding all these perks is the fact that she has the MOST AMAZING GROCERY STORE I HAVE EVER ENTERED. This grocery store has literally made me question all of my life decisions and has me seriously picturing my life with an SUV, 2.5 children, and bags filled with fresh produce!
Let me back up a bit….I have wanted to live in New York City since I was a little kid, and making that dream possible has been one of my bigger life accomplishments. But….living in the city is hard! It’s loud and overwhelming, and lately I’ve just been feeling like I want to simplify my life, away from the relentless nature of the city. Of course, my overthinking NEVER ENDS, but when I walked into the Shoprite with my sister and saw the wide variety of farmer’s market produce, that produce became a metaphor for MY FUTURE. She did all of her shopping in one fowl swoop, got in her car and went home. Easy. Simple. When I shop, I stop at 4 different places before lugging 10 plastic bags (metaphorical emotional baggage…) on a crowded and over-heated train. Not easy. Not simple. Needless to say, I was really digging my heels in when it came to heading back to the city…to my empty refrigerator. (Metaphor for…the emptiness of urban life?)
I might be stretching things a bit, and I’m not packing my bags….yet. But it does have me thinking about my future and where I see myself long-term. Who knew that a Shoprite super store and its organic produce section could be so enlightening??
What’s My Age: 37, prime suburban-mom age, swinging by the store to pick up parsnips and kale for a delicious and nutritious family meal in her farm house kitchen.