“Mom! We leaving yet?” Pam cried impatiently. She loved going to the grocery store and riding in the cart.
“We sure are. Just gotta grab the grocery list.” Sue said.
Tom saw that his mother had two small pages of groceries. “Whoa. That’s a big grocery list, Mom. How are we gonna get all that stuff to the car?”
“There ARE quite a few things. I think we’ll go through and just get the necessities.”
“What’s a ‘neses-statees’?” Pam asked as she pulled on Sue’s pant leg, urging her toward the door.
“Necessities. It’s just the most important items. We can send your father out to get the rest after he gets home.”
“Why can’t we get everything?” Tom inquired.
“Well, they would be awfully heavy. And we want to get back about the same time Daddy gets home. He’s only working a half a day. Each item we get will take time to find,” Sue explained.
“Less things, less time,” Tom proudly concluded.
“That’s right. You know kids, that’s math. The more groceries we get, the longer it takes.”
“Let’s get a BUNCH of groceries!” Sue exclaimed, wanting to stay at the store as long as she could get away with.
Sue quickly redirected her daughter’s focus. “There’s a lot more math in the grocery store. Let’s keep our eyes out to see if we can spot it.”