It’s hot here on Oahu — hot and humid and exhausting. Most private homes in Hawaii aren’t air conditioned. Usually the wind blows and provides all the air conditioning we need, but lately the breeze doesn’t blow in until sundown. I guess it’s spending its summer out on the ocean with the tourists.
Sunday after church when we were sitting here sweltering in our chairs, Amoeba suggested an excursion to our friendly neighborhood bulk foods store where we could do our shopping and cool off at the same time. I was up for that. He closed the back door. I closed the kitchen door and off we went.
At the store we paused in the pharmaceutical isle to discuss the merits of purchasing my allergy pills in 50 count there, or 20 count at the drug store. The 50 count purchase price was higher by only a few dollars, so we decided the cheaper course was to buy the 50.
When we got home we made two discoveries — First, neither of us actually picked up a package of the allergy pills and put them in the cart. Second, we’d left the front door wide open. When we left the house, Amoeba closed and locked the back door. I closed and locked the door that leads to the carport. Neither of us closed or locked the living room door. ADT Security would not be thrilled with customers like us!
We discussed the missing allergy pills. We discussed the open front door. We discussed the state of our “pay attention”. Then we decided it was still way too hot, so we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner. Afterward, we stopped by the regular grocery store to purchase perishables and discuss — at some length — the merits of the green beans verses Brussels sprouts. We decided to buy the green beans.
Upon returning home, I got out of the car and reached for my house keys — and had a vivid memory of leaving them on the dining room table right by the front door. That’s when I had another memory. I walked around the house and went in the front door, which still hadn’t been closed or locked.
And at this point – -if you’ve read this far — you’re not going to be at all surprised to learn that tonight while preparing dinner, I searched and searched the fridge (and even a couple of cupboards) looking for those fresh green beans, which somehow never made it into our shopping cart.