At first, I’m not sure what to say
I wander through the produce section, and it all feels foreign
but familiar at the same time.
Perhaps it’s the four-odd years’ absence from these stores that has made my heart grow. I’m awestruck, at what is here, in front of me.
Almost ripe, immaculate avocados, impossibly perfect hothouse tomatoes, three (!) kinds of kale, the biggest, orangest, juiciest looking oranges I’ve seen in a couple years.
It’s out of context because I’ve been out of context.
This abundance that I’d previously taken for granted, it stares me in the face and hits me between the eyes.
we have so much
Malaysian Ronny Chieng, like all great comedians, captures the absurdity. His amazing (NSFW, btw) take comes to mind as I navigate the choices of onions (there are 5, because of course there are 5).
We are breaking the laws of reality with the abundance
He opines, hitting so close to the mark.
I pause briefly to gape in wonder, finishing my turn through this impossible collection of plants become food
And round the corner to the rice aisle
Only to see the handwritten sign
Out of consideration for shortages and other customers, please limit rice purchases to one bag
And I gape, once again, this time
at the empty shelves