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March 26, 2009

My Plea to the Grocery Baggers

-2 First, let me just say, I completely appreciate the assistance of the grocery baggers. Whether or not my children are with me, going to the grocery store in Los Angeles is usually a hectic experience. I like that at the end of it, someone else puts my purchases into the bags for me, and even offers to help me take it to the car. Thank you.

Unfortunately, getting it to the car is not the problem.

I'm a conscientious shopper. I bring my reusable grocery bags to the store with me. I'm quite proud of myself, frankly, for finally getting to the point where I keep them in my trunk all the time, and I now always remember to get them out of the trunk and into the store.

The reusable grocery bags are excellent, sturdy bags. They are, however, more sturdy than I am.

I don't know if you noticed, Mr/Ms Grocery Bagger, when you were placing the objects in the bags, but I'm 5'3" and weigh about 120 pounds. I am also lacking in what someone might call upper body strength.

I am as impressed as you are at the amount that my resuable bags can carry, but I want to cry when I'm taking them out of the trunk, locking the car, unlocking the door from the parking garage to the apartment building, walking through the courtyard to my apartment, unlocking the apartment and trying not to trip my cat while I heave and ho the very sturdy, very heavy grocery bags into my kitchen.

My little helpers can't do much more for me than keep the door open and the cat inside, and carry my purse for me since the bags are too heavy for them. This is not a problem we had when we used paper or plastic.

I will continue to use my sturdy bags, and take as many trips from my car to the apartment as necessary, but if I seem like I'm micromanaging you when you're bagging my groceries, I'm really not trying to strong-arm you; I'm just watching my own back! That's of course, when I can actually watch over you when you're bagging them for me. Usually, I'm still unloading my cart, paying for the groceries, and making sure my girls aren't adding any goodies to the conveyer belt!

Thank you in advance for your consideration of my reusable bags being stronger than me!

This is an original LA Moms post. April always dreads going to the grocery store, so she'll avoid it when she can by writing at her personal blog, It's All About Balance.


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