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Part of a complete breakfast

ceerealI’m not sure if cereal commercials still say the whole “part of a complete breakfast” thing at the end, since I no longer watch cartoons and the advertisements aimed at my age group are more in the soda and cars categories. Here’s what I’m talking about: cereal commercials used to do their catchy jingle thing, blah blah our cereal is the best, try it.. blah, blah, and then….

They would show cereal, a glass of milk, a glass of orange juice, a muffin, an apple. I remember a Honey Nut Cheerios one that would have cereal, glass of milk, glass of orange juice, a croissant, grapes, and an apple.

I never ate cereal plus all those other things. Heck, sometimes I’d skip the milk.

I walked through the cereal aisle the other day at the grocery store, and I remembered exactly how I felt about it back in the day. I loved colorful or chocolaty cereals. Sugar with a hint of food coloring? Count me in! But as I was staring at a boring blue box of Total, I heard the high pitched voice of a little kid say “Excuse me?” and he walked right in front of me and grabbed a box of Lucky Charms (it had a free toy or something in there, too) and he walked back to his mom’s shopping cart.

Excuse me.. excuse me..

Why can’t I do that when I need something but a person is standing right in front of it?

It happens at bookstores, at yard sales, and definitely at the grocery store. If I need a can of chili and someone is standing there trying to decide if she wants her chili with beans or no beans, I just kinda hover around. I look up and down as if I can’t find the thing I’m looking for. 25% of the time the person figures it out and they move away (at which point you widen your eyes and pretend like you just found your item). The other times, I just kinda wait around.. and get closer to the person. I’m seriously starting to believe that strangers repel each other. You move closer, and they step away. Now THAT works most of the time.

If all else fails, you can always send your kid.

  1. I’m like that kid, I say Excuse me…. come to think of it, everybody says that…. no one has ever waited on for someone to finally move away…… I mean, I hear that all the time. So, go ahead, say Excuse me. ^__^

    January 16, 2013
    • Haha! us people are very awkward around here then πŸ™‚

      January 16, 2013
  2. I’m with you. I hang around waiting as well. Sometimes if they move slightly and I can see my prize I might squeeze my arm through and grab it, but that can backfire if they don’t notice and move back at just the wrong moment, resulting in a round of mutual apologies, which is of course even more awkward…

    It’s not any better being the person in the way of course. I can see someone in my peripheral vision hovering so I desperately try to decide faster, but that just makes it even harder and causes total meltdown of the decision making process. At that point it is better to just move aside so they will go away and I can go back to figuring out which tin of sweetcorn is slightly preferable.

    And trolleys just make it worse. The aisle is empty so you just stand there looking at cheeses, but then someone else turns up and your trolley is the way, but there are cheeses to the right of you, cheeses to the left of you and no place your trolley can go which isn’t in the way. Behind you is even worse as you then block the aisle to traffic! So you awkwardly go home cheeseless or just grab the safe but boring cheddar.

    I don’t have a kid to send, but better, I have a husband. He does all the shopping now πŸ™‚

    January 17, 2013

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