Does anyone else love online grocery shopping? I confess...I LOVE IT! It frees me from physically going into the grocery store and picking out more random food that I don’t need. There is something that just satisfies my soul about sitting in my pajamas late on a Saturday evening and perusing the “Search” option on the grocery app. I don’t have to get dressed, I don’t have to talk to anyone, and I don’t have to pass the donut aisle. 

For the last eight months, I have tried to follow a low carb diet, mainly because I needed to shed an extra pound or two. For those of you who have taken that leap, you know how challenging it is to find a tasty snack that isn’t cheese or meat. No chips. No candy. No bread. Just typing those words depresses me...At any rate, I found this snack that didn’t make me gag...seaweed. If you’ve never eaten seaweed (face planting in a pile of it on the beach does NOT count), the taste is different, but semi-palatable. It’s not great, but It satisfies the salty cravings I get quite often. Imagine my joy when I found that I actually sorta liked those little green slices of thin styrofoam.  

So when I placed my order this week, I was glad to see my regular store had these things and I didn’t have to make a special trip to Kroger to get them. So I thought...when the guy brought my order out he said, “We had a substitution. Instead of the seaweed, we gave you KALE.” Kale, ladies and gentlemen...I immediately spoke up, and said. “No, I don’t like kale.” As those words left my mouth, I realized how utterly ridiculous they sounded...I was trading one tasteless green styrofoam patty for another tasteless green styrofoam patty. At the end of the day, neither one was a Krispy Kreme donut or Ruffles Potato Chips, so what did it matter? 

Needless to say, I did not get the kale. But now I’m wondering what it would’ve tasted like...just because I don’t like the actual vegetable doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like the snack after it was salted up really nicely. Maybe it tasted better after all those artificial ingredients jazzed it up some. It couldn’t taste worse. I am now craving something salty and crunchy....maybe I’ll fry some pickles...

There is a point to this little tale...the difference beteeen Kale and Seaweed may be negligible. But when I extrapolate that on down, does it matter? The answer is, of course, no. People are starving in China (according to my mother who told me this regularly when she cooked cabbage), and here I sit fretting over not getting my seaweed snack. All I have to do is drive down the street and I can have it. It’s a privilege denied to many. If you are fortunate enough to live in the United States, imagine the possibilities...why, we can choose caf over decaf, dark chocolate over milk, Nissan over Ford, etc. etc...We are blessed. I am grateful. And I’m gonna go fry a pickle now because I’m still blessed today!



The actual snack...doesn’t it just  fill your heart with joy? LOL!