I was walking down the footpath the other day when a piece of litter caught my eye.
Stuck in the weeds was folded square of yellow paper. It was instantly recognisable as one of those note squares for by the phone or anywhere you need some paper handy.
On it was just four short words, one under the other.
Milk, bread, cheese, deodorant
Of course it is a shopping list. So instantly familiar and the list could have been written by me.
The short shopping list always starts with milk most other things one can do without but milk is tricky.
Bread makes the trip worthwhile. Maybe I'll just drink water and get the milk tomorrow but we are out of bread too? I need to go today.
Cheese that you've been doing without since it ran out the day after you went shopping last time - might as well grab that if you are going to the shop.
Lastly the deodorant - onto the last smidgen as you meant to get some last time but forgot.
Somehow the piece of rubbish was reassuring. I may not know who wrote this but we have the same needs.
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