Shopping The USA


Typical shampoo in the USAI am beginning to realize that I have nothing to worry about. Is a tsunami going to take me out while I sleep? Not Likely. Will a scorpion drop from the ceiling and sting me? Probably not. Do I have enough water to cook and bathe with today? Most likely.

In the absence of valid concerns, I find myself worrying about inane things. For instance, I worry that I’ll never make it out of the grocery store on time. I get stuck in the aisle, usually the shampoo aisle, and I can’t decide which shampoo I should choose.

It goes something like this: Where is the shampoo I used to buy? It came in a black bottle 10 years ago. I don’t want to have to choose between the damaged hair formula or the salon choice or the normal in 6 different scents. Where is the normally scented normal shampoo? Where’s my old shampoo in the black bottle? Did they change the packaging? Maybe I have to go to another kind of store to find it now. Do I even need shampoo?

It is at this point that I realize I have just spent 15 minutes in shampoo limbo and it is really time to go. I can use a bar of soap if I need to. Besides there are all those half empty hotel samples waiting for me at home. And now I’m beginning to worry if I still have enough time to pull dinner together.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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