The case of the missing chicken
This morning I bought groceries. 2.03 pounds of bananas, 2.65 pounds of Romaine lettuce, two bunches of organic carrots, .71 pounds of swiss chard, one five pound bag of Fuji apples, a loaf of whole wheat bread and two pounds of hamburger meat, veal and ground pork to make a meat loaf.
And I bought a chicken. I put an organic chicken in my cart that was 2.09 dollars a pound. Then I walked down the aisle and saw a chicken that was on sale. It wasn’t organic but it was free-range and five dollars less. Before I put the new chicken in my cart, I took the organic chicken out of my cart and put it back with all the other organic chickens. Then I pushed my cart to the bread aisle and picked out a loaf of bread.
Driving home I thought about what I wanted to put in the roasting pan with the chicken. Yes,today I would be prepared and cook nice things for my family.
When I came home I turned on the oven to 450 degrees, lined the roasting pan with tin foil and cut fresh rosemary, sage and thyme from my garden to put in the roasting pan with the chicken.
I opened the bags from the grocery store looking for my chicken. Where is my chicken? I looked in all the bags, checked in the fridge, looked in the back of the van, and tried to remember where I put my chicken.
There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.
― Harold Pinter
Maybe Harold knows where my chicken is? I asked my youngest daughter, “Timber, did you see my chicken?”
“No, Mom. Did you buy one?”
“I thought I did, where is my receipt?”
I found the receipt for Staples, Target, A.C. Moore, and TJMax, and then I found the receipt for Giant: bananas, lettuce, carrots, swish chard, apples, meat and bread.
I didn’t buy a chicken.
There was no chicken for lunch today. I ate steamed swiss chard and two sardines from a can. I will use the cut herbs in the meat loaf for supper tonight. And, the next time I go shopping I will put a chicken in my cart.
Have you ever lost a chicken? Please tell me in the comments, I really want to know. Maybe you lost a loaf of bread, or a gallon of milk?
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.