A World of Change


Thinking about the ten pound bag of flour I chose not to buy at Market Basket ten days ago. How could life have changed so much in so short a time?

I tend to buy in bulk, especially when things are on sale. The picture of the cabinet I posted yesterday routinely holds twelve packs of toilet paper and big packages of paper towels. I always have dry pasta, cans of tomatoes and Goya beans, boxes of chicken broth and cans of tuna on hand. Once mundane things that are now cause for gratitude as I walk past empty aisles at the grocery store.

But that day at Market Basket before the world changed, they were out of the five pound King Arthur flour that I routinely buy. They had one ten pound bag, and a five pound bag of bread flour. I bought the bread flour because I prefer storing the five pound bag, never dreaming that a week later a bag of flour would be on the endangered species list.

On a more important note, maybe there’s a bit of a wake up call in all of this. While taking a walk on trails in a local woods yesterday, we passed a mother with two teenagers out walking their dog. I guarantee that those teenagers would not have been with their mother and the dog had social distancing not been part of our lives. I have to count that as a bright note in the midst of all the upheaval and fear.

Oblivious to the chaos around them, the daylily bulbs are sprouting in the garden. I saw three robins in the yard forming a triangle about six feet apart. Social distancing? Spring will come.



About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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3 Responses to A World of Change

  1. We’re shopping so different now… I’ve found almost everything that has been on my list except flour and yeast. Finally found my toilet paper at Costco. Stay safe and keep cooking.

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