The art of the cart

Shopping for something needed is not shopping. This is restocking.

Shopping with a companion is not shopping. This is socializing in motion.

Shopping to buy something is not shopping. This is known as spending.

As those adroit at the art of the cart understand, to truly shop is to experience the fun of solving nothing.

No one will ask you questions, unless you patronize a shop keeper who believes customer service involves learning the names of your children and the color of your nail polish (“Seashell.”) Or, the color of your children and the name of your polish (“Seashell.”)

No one will judge you, unless you bring children with you, since children cannot shop. They want stuff. Or they want you. Usually both.

No one will influence your decisions, unless you try something on. This will attract random advice just as night sky attracts stars, without commensurate illumination.

No one will care if you wander aimlessly, unless you browse hardware stores. The gene pool has spawned an astounding over population of hardware experts who lurk there hoping you want to find something.



About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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