I leave for Michigan tomorrow morning. AP and I have discussed the “while I’m away” checklist and I’ve done the last minute household things that needed doing or were past needing done.
This afternoon I decided to go to the supermarket and buy enough cat litter and cat food for the weeks that I’ll be gone, in addition to a few small extra things that I knew were low in our larder.
When the clerk saw my piles of cat goods he asked if I had a lion at home.
“No no no.” I said, “You see, I’m going back to the US to visit family and friends and I’m stocking up on cat supplies so my husband doesn’t have to worry about it.” I said as the multiple packets of food, treats, and large bags of litter tumbled down the conveyor belt.
The clerk smiled and said in his deep British accent, “Well then, as long as the cat’s cared for.”
“Don’t worry” I said, “I’ve bought something for my husband to eat while I’m away too!”
And I held up the items below:
The checkout man laughed, as did the three people in the queue behind me.
He gave me my change and said, “You have a nice time and we’ll see you when you get back.”
I don’t know why, but I felt much better about leaving after that shared moment at the supermarket. As I turn my gaze towards Michigan, I have a knot of apprehension about leaving and this lovely store worker reminded me that all will be well and life will be waiting for me when I come back.
Life is waiting for me in Michigan, too. I can’t wait to share it with you here.