Sometimes I suspect that the new Farm Boy grocery opening up two blocks from our place is the greatest thing to happen to my wife since her move here from Japan. It’s always Farm Boy this, Farm Boy that. Farm Boy, Farm boy, Farm Boy.
Apparently, it reminds Akemi of the grocery store she grew up frequenting near her family home in Osaka. Her mother was a longtime regular. One day, when the shop called to inform her mother that she had forgotten her shopping wallet (Apparently it’s a thing in Japan), Akemi’s mom simply placed an order for delivery and had them take the payment from the wallet. Although the shop was within convenient walking distance, it was even more convenient to leave the wallet at the store, then simply order by phone, have them physically draw the payment, and take delivery. This went on for weeks until the day the shop informed her that her wallet was empty. So her mom returned to the store – not to finally pick up her wallet, but to replenish it so she could continue the convenient arrangement. Akemi even recalled times when her mother would phone to place her order and inform the shop owner what she’d be preparing for dinner that day – and the owner would go the extra step of prepping the purchases (peeling, chopping, grating, etc.) before sending her way.
This first happened about twenty years ago.
And the shop still has the wallet.
Ah, I miss Japan.
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