Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trader Joe's and Bil's Shopping

I recently read a post about some girlfriends, including a mother of a child with autism, shopping at a Trader Joes on the West Side of Manhattan.  It was so funny (in a way) because when we visit my mother in law's it is almost a requirement that we visit the Trader Joes about 1/2 hours from her-after all, we don't have a Trader Joes.

This same woman talked about the nearby Fairway, another foodie must-visit:  and now there is a Fairway a bit more than a 1/2 hour drive from my mother in law, too. Alas, in different directions from the Trader Joes.

I must have a soulmate somewhere on the west side of Manhattan.

This made me think about Bil, though, and his love of getting out and about and visiting food stores.

When we visit, Bil sometimes is just waiting for us to go to a mall or a food store, just so he can come with us.  At the mall near my mother in law's house we used to be able to let him to go off on his own, as long as we gave him a meet up spot and time.  "Meet us in front of Sears in exactly one hour" and there he would be.  And woe be upon us if we weren't there.  His prime destination was CVS, where he would usually buy some kind of chocolate.

But that mall is only a ghost of what it used to be, and it no longer has a CVS.  And Wal-Mart has come to town, and that is Bil's new favorite place.

But you know what else Bil likes?  Trader Joes.

We've taken him a couple of times (with my mother in law) when we have visited cemeteries on Memorial Day.  Bil loves Trader Joes.  Why?  Their selection of chocolate.  Because Bil is a confirmed chocaholic, much to my mother in law's horror.  Bil has....well, let's just say chocolate is not good for him.  But he does get his chocolate.

And who knows, he would probably love Fairway, too.  Although, probably not the one on the West Side.

Try to bring Bil into Manhattan?  Hmmm.....don't know if I am quite up to it.

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