|Welcome! I stumbled upon this through the “read a newbie” feature.
While I agree with you during normal times, the pandemic has made grocery shopping a very stressful experience for me and my husband. We see employees with their upper respiratory holes exposed and parents letting their kids run around with all three of their respiratory holes exposed! We have to keep looking over our shoulders constantly to avoid these "people" who are putting our lives in danger.
When I lived in my university town, I would make frequent, small shopping trips on foot or by bicycle. Shopping was an opportunity for exercise in addition to leisure. Since I don't drive and I don't feel safe shopping as frequently as I once did, I now rely on my husband to drive to the stores. He gets impatient when I compare prices on products or search for unusual items the store turns out not to carry at all. Husband is always grumpy on the way home. Then, sanitizing groceries when we get home is another ordeal entirely, and we are thoroughly exhausted when the process is done.
Now that I'm pregnant with gestational diabetes and Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high, we finally gave Instacart a try. The shopper got two items in our order wrong, but I'll take that over going into a coma, having an emergency C-section, and letting my child suffer lifelong health problems for coming out premature.
If it weren't for the pandemic, I would love to strap on a backpack and stroll down to the store. In fact, I was in the middle of a store with a backpack when my brother-in-law called me and told me about the county's shelter-in-place order going into effect at midnight.
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