Basket workout

What do you need from the market? , I said.

“Just Milk, bread, eggs and bananas”, said the spouse. No kale , berries or any of those fancy stuff for the man.

I strutted to Trader Joe’s knowing exactly what I have to buy. Oh, the joys of carrying a basket in a supermarket when you know exactly what you are going for.

It’s like going to the gym. You start out feeling all confident and proud when you enter, strutting down the aisles with your little basket in tow, thinking “I got this!”.You know what I’m talking about – that little voice inside your head that says, “Oh, this basket will be enough. I don’t need a cart.”

The delusional mindset that we all fall into when using a basket.

Before you know it, you’re that person with a Jenga tower of groceries in their basket, teetering on the brink of collapse.

Your arm starts to ache, your fingers get numb, and your face contorts into a grimace as you struggle to keep all the items from toppling over.

A quick look at the basket tells you that there is tahini sauce, olives, some frozen vegetables, burgers and a mango cream bar thrown for good measure.

Dessert is important after all. Some more probing reveals dried bananas, pasta sauce and some greens. It hits you that just four extra items are missing, the fresh bananas, milk, eggs and bread.

Then you have to make a decision: do you abandon your cart-less strategy and go back for a cart, or do you press on, determined to prove your strength and endurance?

The worst part of using a basket is the false sense of security it provides. You think you’re being efficient, avoiding the bulky cart and wheeling it around like a boss.

But let’s be real, it’s not just the weight of the basket that’s the problem. It’s the way it throws off your balance, making you look like a drunken sailor as you weave your way through the store.

You’re bumping into displays, knocking over stacks of soup cans, and apologizing profusely to the other shoppers as you try to regain your footing. And when you finally make it to the checkout line, you feel like you’ve just run a marathon.

Huffing and puffing, just when you are ready to swipe the card, you cater to the voice at the back of your head constantly telling that you missed something. Ah! The bread, milk, bananas and eggs.

Basket is full and to prove your endurance further, you run to all the aisles and come back carrying milk , bread and bananas while carefully balancing a carton of eggs on top, all the while patting yourself on the back for ditching the cart and lugging the basket like a boss, rather a drunken sailor. Tsk.. things one has to do to get a workout.

Basket workout

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