Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Dreaded Top Shelf

You might already know this about me but I'm of a short stature. : ( In my next life I want to be tall and be able to sing! I'm expecting both of those things because you always hear we are going to be extremely happy and there is no sadness! I always wanted to get to at least 5 ft, I think I only got there in my dreams. Now at 64 I'm afraid that I'm going back the other direction.

The other day I was at the grocery store (not one of my favorite places to be) and the only thing my husband asked for (you guessed it) was on the dreaded top shelf. Besides spending money at the grocery store that is the other reason for not liking to go there. I usually stand on the bottom shelf to reach the top one, never feeling very safe doing it, I always envision the whole shelf falling on me. Well I decided this time since the big cans of peaches were on the bottom shelf to use a couple of those. Of course before putting the cans on the floor and actually standing on them I looked both ways to make sure no one else was in the same aisle and then proceeded. It worked like a charm..... as I smiled to myself! : ) Now the next question is....the next time I go grocery shopping do I head for the canned peach aisle before starting my shopping so I have them with me whenever I need to get things off the top shelf or hope for the best.

When my grandchildren get about 10 years of age they all like to stand next to me and see if they are taller then I am. I always tell them that is not a great feat to be as tall as I am. I sincerely hope they get a lot taller then this grandma!


  1. I couldn't help but smile as I pictured you standing on cans of peaches to reach the item you needed. I have also wished I were taller at times, and I'm definitely with you on longing for the ability to sing. However, stature isn't only measured by our vertical elevation. It is also measured by our kindness to others and our commitment to personal integrity. Using that yardstick I'm guessing you are about a 7 footer!

  2. I am so right with you on the top shelf thing. I've never thought of the cans of peaches before--brilliant idea! I have loved the times I've been able to drag my son along with me the last few years; it's such a relief not to worry about the dreaded top shelf! My students always compare themselves to me too, and usually pass me by in 5th or 6th grade--sometimes sooner!