Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “list.” Make or talk about a list. Enjoy!
We buy our grocery in the Cooperative society of our town. We get a bill with the list of items that we have purchased and the total cost on one side. The other side is blank and I use these bills to write my list of grocery items that I need to buy. 😊 But we do not make a list when we go to buy vegetables, we buy what is fresh. Actually my husband likes buying vegetables and I leave it to him😊.
I remember my parents going to buy groceries and vegetables. My mother made a list before leaving home. My father went to the grocery shop and my mother to the ‘weekly market’ to buy vegetables. She was convinced that vegetable seller gave old stock to my father. It had happened. We have weekly markets where sellers from different places gather to sell their produce. Many other things are sold too. If we go early in the morning everything is fresh but there is a lot of crowd. I remember one lady who went from home to home selling vegetables. She carried them on her head, in a basket. She bought them in the market walked for miles in different areas. She has not come for a long time. Due to the pandemic many have gone back to their home towns.
Writing about vegetables I remember my father-in-law. He was an agriculturist. In 2016, he was with us for three weeks. He had some minor operation. I asked him if we would narrate his memories, he was happy to do so. Every afternoon, he remembered the past and I wrote down his memories. The family had an areca plantation for generations, paddy was also cultivated. Vegetables were grown in the fields after paddy was harvested till the next sowing season. Bitter gourds, snake gourds, cucumbers, bottle gourds and other leafy vegetables were grown home consumption. Sugarcane was also grown to make jaggery. He said people in the villages were mostly self sufficient and very few things were bought from the shops. Barter system was prevalent. In fact, people who came to work in the fields were given paddy and coconuts as payment. Life was so different then.
People grow vegetables now too. But our attempts have not been very successful ☹. One of our neighbours grows some vegetables and they share with us. Fortunately, we have a jackfruit tree and we share jackfruits with our neighbours.
Coming back to lists, I have read that many people make a list of books that they want to read. The list is called TBR list and when I first came across it, I was wondering what it was 😊. But that is something I have never done. I read books as I get them.
But there is list of places I would love to see but that is kept on hold for the time being. Take care and stay safe.