Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Grandma says re-use bags

Last time I was back in Sydney, I went shopping with my 95-year-old German grandmother. Upon arriving at the checkout stand she pulled out her lightweight, re-useable cloth shopping bags. Her bratwurst, sauerkraut, several bottles of Champagne and other assorted healthy European breakfast items were purchased and then neatly packed away into the aforementioned bags.

Soon it was my turn. She looked down at my bare hands, searching for my own version of the same bags. I didn't have any. I turned around to look at the person behind me, but she was of no help to my conscience because she had them too. In fact, most of the other shoppers were all apparently in on this arrangement, wielding their bags like proud pet owners at a dog show. I felt, well, ridiculous. Never underestimate the glare of someone who has lived that long. It was enough to send me scurrying off, tail between my legs, to buy my own bags. I have never gone shopping without them since, lest she somehow "know" that I am doing so.

Atkinsons' now has the same lightweight, re-usable bags. They are a mere 99 cents each. That's practically free. I can't bring my Grandma over here to shame you into using them, so I will just ask that you consider buying some next time you go shopping. Our children will thank us. Our grandchildren need our example.

Sonia Sommer


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