Remember the variety act where a guy would get plates spinning up on poles? They’d be whirling around like tethered flying saucers, when suddenly one would begin to wobble. He would dash over, attend to the plate threatening to fly out of orbit, when another plate would wobble - and so on. It was exciting, a marvel to behold and quite stressful.
Welcome to our world!
In the last couple of days, we’ve had a little more excitement with some members of our extended family than we would like. Neither Chuck nor I can remember rubbing a lamp and asking for anyone we love to have fractured L3 vertebrae or dizzy spells or mysterious infections. Did we get somebody else’s wish list? I doubt it. It seems more like somebody else’s voodoo dolls. “Hey! Please feel free to remove the pins anytime now, thank you!”
Luckily (despite the fracture) no plates have spun out of control and crashed to the floor. But there has been an awful lot of wobbling in the last few days!
Earlier this evening, we took a break from tending one particular plate spinning in a Boston hospital and stopped at the Alewife Whole Foods store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Walking from the car to the store, Chuck veered off from me and returned with a small two tiered shopping cart. Despite being tired, I nearly broke out into a happy dance. I love those carts! Whole Foods is the only store that I’ve seen use them and Chuck knows they make me ridiculously giddy! Those puppies turn on a dime and you can always maneuver your way out of a shopping cart/bumper car/traffic jam. Seriously, if I could figure out even the remotest practical use, I would buy one and push it around the house all day. Crazy, I know and I so don’t care.
Anyhoo, we went in just to get two things. But I happily wheeled my little cart all over that store to the tune of $70.00. Mind you, that’s not at all hard in a Whole Foods store, but it was way more than just our original two items. If we hadn’t been so hungry, I’d still be tooling up and down the aisles in Cambridge. But we were hungry, so we decided to have dinner right there from the soup and salad bar. (That did contribute mightily to the $70.00 total, so I guess it wasn’t too bad!) After we checked out, the three of us headed over to the cafe area at the front of the store to enjoy our soups and salads. Yes, I typed three. Chuck, me and our little two tiered cart! Ridiculously giddy and just what the doctor ordered after all those spinning plates!