Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shopping List

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.

5 Favourite Sights Seen

  • 1996 Watching tropical lightning turn night to day, outside a little wooden church in a small village in Sabah.
  • 2004 Flying down the Rainbow Valley at 8000ft in a cessna on a clear blue day.
  • 2003 Seeing and hearing Michael Schmacher rolling out of the pit garage in his Ferrari in Hungary.
  • 2009 Chancing upon 100 or more dolphins just off the Kaikoura Coast swimming around, jumping out of the water, doing somersaults and generally having fun.
  • 2006 Finding a pool at the bottom of a waterfall in the bush at Kaikoura that was full of playing baby seals.