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I’m reading a book about the 1700s and it reminded me how lucky we are to have grocery stores. People in the 1700s had to buy their own food, bake their own bread, make their own soups and stews, and a lot of other things we take for granted today.

I like grocery stores because of the variety of products available in a relatively small place. You can get fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, snacks, water, drinks, bakery goods. It is a benefit that most of us take for granted.

I typically go to the market once a week. I get everything I need. In other countries people go to their local grocer, baker, and butcher daily. I remember my days in Europe and this is the way they lived. Their apartments were small, so they had to keep their refrigerators small. This causes them to get foods daily. I miss the smell of the fresh breads in the bakeries cooking in the morning.

I also enjoy going to the market to just get out of the house. After being locked down for so much time, it’s nice to see other people and interact with them, even for a few minutes.

The next time you’re in a grocery store, take some time to think about our predecessors. It will provide you with a new found gratitude and wonder for your local grocer.

Until next time…