Yesterday I bought fifty pounds of butter. Yes, fifty. The reasons? First, it’s on sale at Meijer for $2 a pound. Second, I’m buying for my Canadian relatives, who are burdened under the taxing price of $3.49 a pound. So I’m carting a bunch of it over the border when I go to visit. We’ll see how that goes!
I felt a little odd and embarrassed with that much butter in my cart. (Did people think I was crazy? Oh well.) It reminded me of one of my favorite scenes from Anne of Green Gables:
SCENE: Lawson’s Mercantile
ALICE LAWSON: Well, Mr. Cuthbert, what can I do for you today?
MATTHEW: Well, now, uh… I’d like, uh… Have you got any, uh… Do you have any garden rakes?
ALICE LAWSON: Now, we don’t carry garden rakes in the store in December, but I’ll check upstairs. We may have one or two in storage. [leaves; returns] The very last one.
MATTHEW: Oh, that’s nice.
ALICE LAWSON: Will there be anything else, Mr. Cuthbert?
MATTHEW: Well, since you suggested, uh… I might want to look at some hayseed.
ALICE LAWSON: Oh, we don’t carry hayseed till spring, Mr. Cuthbert.
MATTHEW: Oh, certainly. Of course.
ALICE LAWSON: That’ll be 75 cents for the rake, Mr. Cuthbert.
MATTHEW: Uh, while I’m here, uh… I might want to look at, uh… If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, uh…
ALICE LAWSON: Yes…
ALICE LAWSON: Sugar?
MATTHEW: Some sugar.
ALICE LAWSON: Oh, white or brown?
MATTHEW: Well, uh… What would you say?
ALICE LAWSON: Well, we have some nice brown sugar in stock, Mr. Cuthbert. How much would you like?
MATTHEW: Well… Would twenty pounds be enough?
ALICE LAWSON: Yes, I’m sure twenty pounds would be enough. That’ll be $1.
MATTHEW: [whispering] I need a dress. With puffed sleeves.
ALICE LAWSON: Puffed sleeves?
MATTHEW: For Anne.
ALICE LAWSON: For land’s sake, Mr. Cuthbert, why didn’t you say so in the first place? Now, you just come with me to the window.