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Here's one of the small secrets of life. The best time to go grocery shopping is during the early stages of a big snowstorm, when the white stuff is falling. People clear out, and you can have the place to yourself.
My mother, rest her soul, was one of the great snow panickers of all time. I used try to talk her out of it. She always had tons of food in her refrigerator, but she insisted on trudging out the stores and elbowing her fellow citizens for loaves of bread she had no intention of consuming. I came to see that she didn't want to be talked out of it. She actually kind of liked it. Maybe it connected her to her childhood in a small New England town where -- not that there were any supermarkets to fuss about -- being snowbound really meant something. And maybe all of us are connected, in some atavistic way, to the days when survival was on the line during a snow storm.
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