Okay, so a grocery store is closing March 26th. So What!? Well, the store I’m talking about is my local Joe O’Malia’s . This is the store of my choosing where I do my weekly grocery ritual. The thing you need to know about me is that I really HATE grocery shopping, but I do it because, well, we need to eat to live.
Well, I walked into my local Joe O’Malia’s today to do my weekly ritual and guess what?! I saw a sign on the door informing me that my store will be closing forever and that the last day would be March 26th! The store located at 126th Street and Gray Road would be more than happy to help me after March 26th. What? I wasn’t quite sure I understood. What is that sign trying to tell me?
Thus, began my whirlwind flight through the 5 Stages of Grief.
Denial: I was in total denial. I stopped, stared and re-read the sign. Surely, they were announcing that they were just going to be closed on that ONE day, March 26th. Of course, Whew! And, then they would be available to me again on the 27th. Right? So, thinking that all was right with the world, I continued on my way.
Anger: Well, the state of denial lasted about 30 seconds and quickly turned to disbelief and anger as I walked the familiar walk toward the produce section. Where had all the produce gone? Where were the potatoes? avocados? asparagus? I started hyper-ventilating. Okay, calm down. They were re-vamping the place and it was in a state of remodel. Yep, that had to be it. Well, it became increasingly clear as I walked toward the meat counter that the sign might be true (there were about 3 pork chops left). The store was closing. This stage of grief lasted the entire shopping trip (which was very short, BTW). As I was headed toward the next phase of the grieving process, I started to get really angry again when I realized that I was going to have to go to another grocery store today to finish my shopping!
Bargaining: Well, who could I bargain with? The devil? That was unlikely. I really didn’t hang out in this phase of the grieving process.
Depression: I am languishing in this phase. I am depressed. I had finally found a store that wasn’t HUGE , that special ordered items for me, where I knew the meat guys, the deli guys, etc. I had the store layout memorized and that was how my shopping list was organized (I know, crazy, right? See first post). It made the shopping trip go faster (remember, I HATE to go grocery shopping!). The store was within walking and biking distance from my house. If we forgot something, no problem! Just run over to O’Malia’s! Well, now where am I going to grocery shop? All of the other stores near my house are the HUGE stores that are not personal and don’t take your groceries out to your car. I’m going to have to memorize another layout! I’m almost 45 for goodness sake – how can I be expected to do that!? I’m too old and too busy!
Acceptance: I’m not quite at this stage yet. My husband is trying to fix it for me (as husbands usually do) and suggested that I go to the only remaining O’Malia’s left in Carmel. I honestly try to go to the store only once a week and thus, my weekly shopping trips are meticulously planned and take awhile. I do this to try to save money. I used to go the to store almost every day due to lack of planning and would end up spending way too much on food that would ultimately spoil and go bad. Since I now do one big weekly trip, my husband is encouraging me to travel across town to go to last remaining neighborhood grocery store. I may just do that starting next week, but I have to mull it over. I haven’t completely graduated to the acceptance phase. Maybe “they” will realize that I would really like this store to stay open. . . . .