Finally. It’s over. I think, sighing. Since Thursday, I’d been waiting for the moment and here it is. I add the orange cap and the empty carton of orange juice to the recyclables. I’m happy, another item in my fridge gone. More space and no waste. I smile a little. I imagine that if anyone saw it, they would think it’s a Mona Lisa smile. A barely there kind of smile, that’s more about the glint in one’s eyes than about the formation the lips take.
I locate my vitamins and notice the speed of my heartbeat. As my chest constricts slightly, my desire for breakfast evaporates although my stomach grumbles. Where’s my Blackberry? I look over my right shoulder. It’s usually on the pass-thru between the kitchen and dinning room but not this morning. As I conduct a wild-eyed search for the phone in the living room, my daughter asks for her cereal but I ignore the little high-pitched voice and proceed down the hall. I just need a few seconds. I’ll get her breakfast after that.
I find the phone on my bureau. I exhale through my nose. I click on the Memo pad, scroll down to the memo entitled “Shopping,” under “Groceries” I add “OJ.” My chest loosens, my breaths deepen, my heart slows down. Crisis averted. I will not forget to replenish the OJ supply in my fridge, I will fill the space on the shelf with a new carton, and I will not relieve this moment for about two weeks – the time it takes me to finish a carton. Although I’m bound to run out of something else before that. Sigh.
How do you react when you run out of a staple in your home? What makes you happiest – finishing a product, recycling a product, or the opportunity to replace it? By the way, the Toronto Blue Jays won their first two games of the season. 🙂