He looks benign, doesn’t he?
A nice young man out doing the family grocery shopping.
Something my father and most men of his generation wouldn’t be caught dead doing.
Men of today, they participate in household chores. They take care of the kids. Do the dishes. Help with the laundry
And go to the grocery. Even men in the Boomer generation can be found on any aisle of the grocery store any day of the week.
But, I have a bone to pick with them.
They don’t know the rules of the road.
Men in grocery stores? They leave the cart in the middle of the aisle as they go looking for the peanuts, further down that aisle.
They don’t think that they’re completely blocking the way for other shoppers, who have to squeeze by or even move the abandoned cart.
They don’t think because in their world, they’ve always been the center of the universe. So why wouldn’t they still be?
I’ve got news for you men:
You are not the center of the grocery shopping universe.
We WOMEN are the center of that universe. And we don’t like it ONE BIT when you leave your cart in an aisle blocking the the way for other shoppers. Shoppers on a mission every bit as in important as yours.
Oh, they also come tearing around the end of aisles like Mario Andretti without looking to see if other cart traffic that they can’t see is heading their way.
That’s right. They don’t look.
Most men look when they drive a car.
They understand who’s got the right of way?
But in the grocery? Men think they own the aisles.
And the right of way.
Now, I’m all for men sharing household tasks. And nothing makes me happier than the rare occasion when M does the grocery shopping alone.
Which he’ll do, but only if I have written out in detail what I want, what brand, etc. Because these things are not intuitive to him.
But still, it’s a nice gesture.
Even though when he comes with me and is driving the cart he tends to leave it where ever the hell he pleases.
Which irritates me.
And he’s really not trainable.
Most men aren’t, not really.
So my next step is going to be to teach Riley to do the shopping.
I think I’ve got a better shot at teaching him the rules of the road. What do you think?