Oh, and bananas!
Just ask Hubs, who doubles over when he sees the grocery bills. But, hey, with two sons packing lunches every day, I’m giving that store scanner something to beep about.
I remember when a box of cereal used to last a week. Now, maybe a day.
When a gallon of milk had a pretty good chance of spoiling before the plastic container hit the recycle bin.
And (scratches head) when a pound of ham and a pound of turkey didn’t cost darn near $20. And don’t even get me started on the cheese. Geez!
Back in the day (Cough! Cough!) a gallon of gas was around a buck and a half-gallon of milk less than that. And … well, you get the point. It was cheaper back then.
But I’m not complaining, really. I know that it’s only a matter of time before my sons are living on their own, buying their own cereal and their own yogurt and their own milk.
And, as much as I’ve tried to prepare for that day, it’s still sad to think my refrigerator won’t get the workout it once did.
I never thought I’d miss buying juice boxes and animal crackers. Those days are long gone. And soon, so will these almost-daily store stops.
So for now, I’m not going to complain. I’m going to embrace (Yes, embrace!) going to the store because I know these days will disappear as fast as the money in my wallet does.
Just like the days of finding rubber snakes in my bed (and inside my dresser, shower and every other conceivable hiding place) came to an end long before I really wanted them to.
They say it’s life. I agree. And there isn’t one part of it I’d change.
Well, maybe the time Son No. 1 brought worms into the house. I’ve never been crazy about worms.
Speaking of kids, here are some things I’ve said over the years that I never thought I’d say:
1. Worms are NOT pets!
2. Quit breathing your stinky breath on your brother. I said, quit breathing!
3. (Talking on phone) Make sure your brother is in his crate before you leave. (Co-worker flashes shocked look. The “brother” is our dog)
4. What are these stones (opens fist) doing in your sock drawer?
5. Aim for the Cheerio when you pee.
6. Boys and girls are made differently. When you’re older this will make more sense to you.
7. Don’t tell your daddy that I ran out of gas. (For the record, he did!)
8. You cannot have sex until you’re married. I mean it!
9. (Shakes finger) Wait until your dad gets home!
10. Oh. My. God. (Hands on head) I sound like my mom!
Buffy Andrews is Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. She’s also its Social Media Coordinator.