Yesterday morning, I found myself at Walgreens on Madison Avenue here in Covington. I went there to purchase a few grocery items. Making a left as I entered the store, I walked by this life-size cutout of singer and musician Taylor Swift.
This cutout of Taylor has been in the store for a few weeks now. Next to it is the “Taylor Swift Store” where you can buy her CDs, posters, spiral notebooks, and T-shirts. I glanced at the display quickly and then kept walking.
I got myself a 2-liter of Diet Coke. Walking by the frozen food section, I saw those corn dogs—chicken franks dipped in honey-crunchy batter. They come on a stick and are so damn good. Last time I bought them, I ate all six corn dogs in the box in one day. This time, I walked right by them. I don’t need to be eating six corn dogs in one day.
Butterball turkey bacon was on sale. I picked up a package. I also got two containers of Yoplait yogurt—one peach, the other one strawberry.
Looking for the milk, I started thinking about Taylor Swift. I realize that I’m a very out of touch person when it comes to music nowadays and I started to wonder if I’ve ever heard any of her music. Even if I have, I probably didn’t know it was Taylor.
I found the milk. I just wanted to get half a gallon of 2%, but all they had were gallons. I went ahead and got it, knowing that along with that 2-liter of Diet Coke, I was going to have a heavy plastic bag to walk home with.
Before heading toward the checkout, I went back and picked up a package of those corn dogs, telling myself I would pace myself and not eat all six corn dogs in one day.
Reaching the checkout, as I unloaded my grocery items, I decided to be a smartass with the cashier. I told her in a mocking way how much I love Taylor Swift and asked her if I could have the life-size cutout of her when their “Taylor Swift Store” promotion was over. The cashier gave me an icy stare.
“I happen to like her music,” she said. I shut up.
With my walking cane in my right hand and an extremely heavy plastic bag in my left, I made my way back to my apartment. By the time I reached it, I thought my left arm was going to fall off.
As I put away the gallon of 2% milk and the other grocery items I purchased, I told myself that after getting a few household chores done, I would go to YouTube and watch a couple Taylor Swift videos to see if I like her music. Then, my mind went to other things and I forgot all about it.
By the way, those six corn dogs I purchased were gone by nightfall.