Saturday, June 6, 2020

We No Longer Take The Simple Pleasure Of Stocking Up On Our Favorite Snacks For Granted

I am a Work at Home Dog Mom. I get up at 4 a.m. Monday through Friday to make Lisa breakfast and her work lunch. I don't eat breakfast. I only eat breakfast on the weekends when Lisa is home, or when she's on vacation, and that consists of a tiny portion of what I make and Lisa eats. And, we sit at the table and play Yahtzee. It's all about tradition.

When Lisa is at work Monday through Friday, I nourish my body with snacks throughout the day. I adore vegetables and my homemade dill dip, fresh fruits, and odd combinations like cottage cheese with olives and/or my homemade croutons or sesame sticks with dried fruit.

Over the past few months, it's been very difficult to find most of my favorite snacks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery store shelves have been wiped out during this time. 


Over the past few weeks, that has changed. Grocery stores, and other retail locations that sell specialty food, are filling back up. 

Last weekend, Lisa picked up a few groceries and surprised me with a single bag of honey and regular sesame sticks. I'm not going to lie, I ate both bags within a few days. 

Lisa helped. She loves them too.

This morning, Lisa ran an errand. 

I was in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Project Workshop when she arrived home. 

She handed me 2 bags. 

It was filled with bags of my favorite snacks. 

Lots of them!

A year ago, she used to buy the same thing. Come home. Put the bags on the counter. One of us would put them in the cupboard mindlessly because it was the "norm." They were always available and it didn't matter what day or time. Our cupboards were always stocked with a variety of sesame sticks, dried fruit, and other favorites.

After going through the past few months with empty grocery store shelves and having to suffice with other snack options, today was different.

Lisa was so excited to be able to stock up on my favorite snacks. 

There was the element of surprise on my end.

Something so simple. 

Something we sort of took for granted a year ago.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed us. 

I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that statement. 

Never in a million years did I ever think that shopping for snacks and groceries and making meal plans for a single week would become such a challenge. 

But, it happened.

There are dozens of lessons to be learned because of COVID-19.

And that includes everything big and small and everything between.

Including stocking up on snacks.

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