Today's prompt is 'words'.
Take a picture of words but then don't use words? You can see why I'm struggling can't you?
I had a fun morning with my women's club. The program was all about heart health and the speaker was excellent. So excellent in fact that I hit the gym before going home. No time like the present, right?
I stopped at the supermarket afterwards to pick up a few things, and so far this is riveting I know, but stayed tuned because I'd like your opinion about something. I take my own bags when I grocery shop, something I became accustomed to doing while living overseas. In fact, I still carry some of those same tote bags which just so happen to have words on them-
The black bag has the M & S logo on it and if you ever get to the UK definitely pop into your local Marks and Spencer. You'll thank me later. The tan bag we bought in the gift shop at Dover Castle one icy cold December day. Is it silly that shopping bags are able to send a memory washing over me in a way that makes me wanna cry? No? Good. Because they do.
Anyhoo, this reminded me of something I wanted to ask my blog peeps. As you know I spent a week with my daughter1 in the DC area. She resides on the Maryland side of DC and we did a lot of shopping while I was in town. When I shop here in NJ I get credit for bringing my own bags to the supermarket-.05/bag. Not a lot but I actually prefer to use my own bags because they make lugging the groceries in to the house much more manageable.
When I shop for clothes though, the store provides a bag. This was not the case in the Maryland suburbs. We bought a pile of things at a lovely women's shop whose name I won't mention here but it doesn't matter because its apparently an across the board policy for this particular county, and the salesclerk asked me if I wanted a bag. Seriously? At first I thought she was joking because we had a lot of items. A lot. They were a work wear type of clothing too, and not inexpensive. We're not talking t-shirts from Old Navy, although I think I'd probably want a bag for those too. Most people don't want to carry their newly purchased clothing out of a store in their arms. It seemed absurd to me and the sales clerk appeared embarrassed to ask but she had no choice. She said she'd have to charge me for a bag. Granted the charge was .05/bag and I said charge away but I found it ridiculous.
I know that most of Europe has been on the reusable bag kick for groceries for many years now in an effort to reduce waste and I don't have a problem with that. In this particular US county the monies collected go towards some sort of water quality funding program but it just felt icky to me. I'm all about reusing and reducing when we're able but I also feel like I've just paid taxes on the clothing I bought and should get a bag to carry it home. What say you?