In our house, Dormant Chef is known for managing bad attitudes and family strife with his arsenal of “dad wisdom”. Though few are original, they’ve all become a permanent part of our family chatter. Here are some of his favorites:
Don’t be a victim.
Life is not fair.
The man with no shoes complains until he meets the man with no feet.
You can’t always get what you want. (this Rolling Stones classic has become our family theme song)
Notice a similarity in these phrases? You got it — “stop complaining”. Often, he is directing this necessary reminder to his teenage children, but admittedly, he occasionally directs one at me as well. After 18 years living in South San Jose, I frequently complain about “living without” because of the dearth of restaurants in our neighborhood. But I started to feel like “the man with no feet” when our local grocery store closed down last year.
Instead of driving 5 minutes for that onion we need or eggs we forgot, we must make a half hour round trip to stores that are not particularly appealing to those of us looking for fresh produce, meat, and fish. All the while the parking lot at our lovely but barren local strip mall remains mostly empty each day, filling up with only a few cars making brief stops for coffee or mail or the 3 restaurants we can choose from over and over again.
But I have happy news – our neighborhood is getting it’s “feet” back. A new grocery store has leased the empty location and we will soon be able to buy an onion or quart of milk without spending more in gas than the groceries cost.
New Leaf Community Market, a regional grocery store chain from the Santa Cruz/Aptos area that specializes in local and organic foods, will be opening its doors in the fall of 2011. They currently have 6 stores serving the Santa Cruz beach communities. Our Silver Creek store will be the first in the South Bay Area.
I am so excited for the store to open (understatement) and hope we can convince them to accelerate their construction/remodeling schedule to open before the fall of 2011. As much as I’ve enjoyed getting to know my neighbors even better as we all borrow eggs, milk, and other staples from each other, I can’t wait to start running into them again at the local grocery!
What’s your favorite place to grocery shop and what would you do if it closed down tomorrow?