Cracked eggs and crushed bread

When I was a little girl, I loved loved loved  to bag our groceries at our local store (there, you had to bag your own stuff). It was my own little version of Jenga–how many groceries could I fit in a paper bag without crushing something or tearing through the bag?

Nowadays, I make a habit of shifting my perspective from time to time so I can imagine what it must be like to be in someone else’s situation. Even when it comes to something simple like bagging groceries. Who really thinks about that? But if you do that all day, I bet it’s something that concerns you. And if you are like me, you really care about your apples staying unbruised and your eggs unbroken.

So I do this: when I shop I arrange things loosely in my cart according to how I’ll put them on the conveyor belt. I put crushables and perishables in the top area, canned foods all close together, jugs and cartons together and raw meats in a group.

Then on the conveyor belt, I can put all the canned stuff together and all the soft things together. I like to think it makes the job of the person bagging the groceries a little easier because everything is already roughly arranged. Also, it helps me out because I am less likely to have bread that is smushed or eggs that are cracked!


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