I hated going to the grocery store with my mother. I couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t have groceries delivered to our house like her sister did. So, one day I got up the nerve to ask my mother if she’d consider it. She probably wanted to bop me on the head for asking, but she kindly told me that she preferred to see the items she purchased for the home.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to run back to auntie to tell her what her sister said. She explained that the items she had delivered were regular everyday staples like canned and boxed goods, laundry detergent and soap, and bags of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables she trusted her shopper would carefully select. She reminded me that my dad brought her the gallons of milk we drank and how every few months they’d get a ride to the butcher to stock up on meats.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to run back to my mom to tell her what her sister said. She probably wanted to bop me on the head but in a not so kind voice she told me to get in the car because we’re going to A&P. I kinda figured that would be the end of that discussion.
Fast forward to 2020 and grocery delivery is in vogue thanks to the Internet, the gig economy, UPS and people who think like my aunt and uncle.