I went to the store today for one specific item. Of course I picked up several things and then arrived at the checkstand without the item I specifically went to the store to buy. The store was remarkably not busy, so I excused myself and ran to get the missing item. When I returned I handed it to the cashier and said, “On what isle would I find an attention span?”
He grinned at me and said, “Well, we usually keep them in the deli case but we’re fresh out. In fact, I didn’t get one myself.”
I said, “Darn.”
The kid bagging the groceries frowned at us and asked “What are you looking for?”
“Attention spans,” I answered. “I need a new one.”
“But we’re sold out,” the clerk said.
The stock boy said, “Are you sure? I can go look.”
The cashier and I both turned to look at the kid.
“Oh,” he said. “Attention spans.” His face turned very red. “Never mind. I get it.”
I just grinned.
The cashier said, “Apparently you’ve misplaced yours, too. It’s no wonder we can’t keep them in stock.”
I agreed that that they just don’t seem to last long even when we do have them.