“There will always be cream of celery soup at Big Box Food. We only need one can at a time.” – The Purging Casserole (April of 2020)
Really, cream of celery soup? Really? You’re sold out? How can you be?
And we weren’t the only ones searching for cream of celery soup. There was also a young ladyslashmom who was crawling the shelves for cream of celery soup. We put our collective eyeballs together and only found the label (see above) where cream of celery soup should have been. I was left to conclude that cream of celery soup is an important ingredient in casseroles. It sure isn’t a lunchtime favorite. Has yer little Yoakum ever said,
“Ma, May I have a hot, steamy bowl of cream of celery soup?”
If you answered ‘yes’ it’s only because you are lying.
Oh, there was plenty of cream-o-tater soup, cream of noodle soup, cream of chicken soup (ugh). Can you even imagine a creamy chicken? How do they get around the barnyard? Cream-of-this and cream-of-that were plenty in stock but not one can of cream of celery soup. Bleah.
Well, Kroger did at least have the courtesy to tell us they were ‘sorry’.
“When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.”
How true. How very true.
And this happened today at Big Box Food, too.
I went to the vegetable department to pick up ā onion. I heard a loud voice, turned, and saw a man be mad. He was at the front counter yelling at a fellow in line, calling him names (using bad words) and swinging his fists at the air. At first look he looked like a fellow I know at Holy Cross Lutheran Church except he was a double extra-large size of J——, bigger, bulkier and huskier. He was not a brute I would have wanted to tangle with. He continued a’ranting and a’raving and then left the store. After we wuz checked out we rolled our cart out to the parking lot and
lo! and behold!
there were police cars, paramedics and a bright red fire engine on the scene. It turns out the fellow was drunk (it was 11:30 AM) and he was pushing grocery carts into other cars. He was subdued by that time but there were still many people watching the police policing the scene.
We’re certain he was arrested for drunk’n’disorderly, damaging peoples’ important cars and various other crimes. We suspect he is having a lousy afternoon right about now (~4 PM). What drove him to become this way? Why did he feel the need to drink heavily so early? What set him off? Did he lose his job? Had he an argument with his wife? Was he just sick and tired of being pushed around?
Are any of us vulnerable from wanting to take a swing at a stranger? What ever happened, it had to have been a major issue in his life. Despite his behavior he is the person who needs prayers and The Lord in his life the most.
23-24 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!
25-28 “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”
29-30 His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”
31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”