Losing cell service in a tunnel does not bother me. Lack of connection in a grand theatre is not a problem. But when I’m grocery shopping and want to look up a recipe or call Hubby for clarification on an illegible squiggle on my grocery list, I need to be able to use my smartphone. However, I’ve found that more often than not, once I’m inside a grocery store, my network disappears. There are no bars, no 3G or 4G—nothing. Before the next road is widened, before the next school is expanded, and before the newest McDonald’s opens, we need cell-tower relays installed in grocery stores.

Now that I’m home and able to cook from scratch, I need a prep chef. On a recent cold and rainy day, I stopped at the store for ingredients. I wanted to make two pots of chili. One would be the classic meat version and the other would be vegetarian. After it took at least 15 minutes to download a recipe shopping list whilst blocking the automatic doors—I would have gone outside for better cell reception, but it was cold and rainy—I spent the better part of the day chopping and prepping. I used to want a maid, but now I’d much rather have someone who can chop onions and peel carrots.

At the end of the day, however, it was well worth it. The chili was the most amazing I’d ever created. But by the time it had simmered for the required three hours, my feet were aching and I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch with a bowl of steaming hot chili. I sure am glad I didn’t decide to make lasagna that day.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books.  
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